Social Security and Medicare: Contact Your Elected Officials

Jul 26th, 2011 | By Sharon Shaw Elrod MSW EdD | Category: Social Security & Medicare

Last night, President Obama asked voters to contact our elected officials in Washington DC to let them know what we think about the shenanigans (our word, not his) going on there.  The SCJ Editorial Staff encourages you to contact them by email or telephone today.  The more they hear how strongly we feel about protecting Social Security and Medicare, and not trying to balance the federal budget on the backs of senior citizens, the more likely they will protect our means of survival.  If they know we do not like the notion of the wealthiest Americans walking away with tax breaks in their pockets, they might be more likely to protect Social Security and Medicare, and eliminate tax breaks for the wealthy.

A recent SCJ visitor on our FaceBook page complained about paying 50% of his income (over $250,000) in taxes, and said he was not willing to work for nothing.  We encourage comments, even when they create controversy… and this comment is very controversial on a website dedicated to senior citizens!  We did not comment on the fact that most people with incomes over $250k find all kinds of legal ways to get their taxable income down to the 17% bracket; no need to insult his intelligence.  However, we did comment on the issue… which is, many seniors live on $1200-$1500 a month, paying rent, buying food and medicine, and having nothing left over.  Seniors depend on Social Security and Medicare for survival. I don’t know any senior citizen in the country who would complain about having $125,000 to spend after taxes.

On a more serious note, we all need to contact our Representatives and Senators in Washington DC.  We must let them know there are millions of us out here who are not willing to vote for elected officials who do not support our survival programs.  We must tell them we expect the wealthiest Americans to give up their tax breaks so we don’t have to put our lives in jeopardy for the lifestyles of the wealthy.

The message is clear:

  1. Eliminate tax breaks for the wealthiest Americans;
  2. Leave Social Security and Medicare alone; they are programs that are working; they are programs that insure survival for millions of senior citizens;
  3. Get your priorities straight; stop trying to protect yourself in the next election; do what is ethically and morally called for.

Keep this list in front of you when you call your elected officials.  If they get enough calls/emails, we just might get through to them.

 

 



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