18 August 2010

My Letter to AARP, help us defeat any effort to cut Social Security or Medicare Benefits

Reierating this post, I wrote this today to AARP:

I am a member and I am writing to urge AARP to become involved immediately to forestall a looming threat to social security and medicare. 

It's well known that Republicans in Congress by and large want to privatize and cut both Medicare and Social Security. These people are the enemy of ordinary retired Americans, and of anyone who ever hopes to become an ordinary retired American. However, it's the Democrats, who are apparently planing to hide behind the Republican-thinking Deficit Commission and its expected "package" of recommendations for "addressing" the deficit (forthcoming, watch for it), who are of concern. 

The stealth plan is to rip off American taxpayers who have paid through social security taxes to make social security 100% solvent till 2037. Those taxes were supposed to be for social security, not other purposes. It is a highly regressive tax, because it's supposed to pay for retirement security, not general budget items. If it's been ripped off, it needs to be paid back. I SAY, HELL NO. Congress must not cut social security or medicare benefits, or raise the retirement age further. No more regression. We elected a Democrat to the White House to get Democratic policies, not to get Republican policies. If they do this, they will have declared war on ordinary Americans, and I intend to do everything I can to defeat them; meaning anyone, Democratic or Republican, who votes to cut a program that we paid for and are continuing to pay for. This is non-negotiable.

I am asking AARP to get involved in this fight on behalf of its members. AARP should run advertising warning the public that both parties are apparently planning to steal from the trust fund by cutting benefits.

I am not opposed to further health reform to cut Medicare's
reimbursement costs, but that's entirely different from cutting benefits. AARP should prove to the American people that its own insurance programs do not create a conflict of interest by supporting further health reform to ensure that we move towards a French or German style system, where private insurers are required to be non-profit and to accept defined Medicare benefits, where reimbursement rates are set by public commissions, and where care is optimized to the best quality of life, not necessarily the most expensive end stage treatments. But the bottom line is the retirement security of social security and medicare is sacrosanct, and Congress had better not plan on cutting it or raising the retirement age further, because the American people are TIRED of being scapegoated for all the bloated expenditures this government has undertaken at their expense, and in part from stealing the social security and medicare taxes to do it.

I'm writing to all the Senators, my Congressman, and some other key Congress members.

This issue is the battle line as far as I'm concerned. DO NOT CROSS. I will not support any politician who votes the wrong way, or the President if he supports any bill to do this. At some point, you just gotta say, NO FURTHER. I am asking AARP to get behind ordinary Americans in this oncoming political fight. The future is at stake. 

Thank you.

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