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David Horsey | Strategizing at the RNC / SeattlePI.com

Tell the deficit commission: Cut military spending, not Social Security

We need real solutions, not a manufactured crisis
Deficit commission almost done deciding to slash Social Security
Top 5 Social Security Myths

Matt Lockshin, CREDO Action

Submitted by Evergreene Digest Contributing Editor Thomas Sklarski

At a time when the country desperately needs more jobs, a powerful commission appointed by President Obama is meeting in secret to make recommendations to lower the federal budget deficit.

And, unfortunately, the commission has been stacked with people who have obsessed for decades over cutting Social Security benefits or transforming it from a broad-based program into a privatized retirement program.

From the public statements of commission members and leaks of the secret meetings, it is clear that the commission is avoiding serious discussion of the real causes of our deficit in order to create a sense of panic around Social Security.

Click here to automatically sign our petition to the members of the deficit commission telling them to make recommendations that significantly lower military spending, allow the Bush tax cuts for the top 2% to expire, and modify health care reform to include a robust public option to lower costs.

Today, we should not be cutting the deficit but instead investing in critical public goods that create jobs. After we strengthen our economy, it is appropriate to focus on lowering the deficit. The Commission would enhance public discourse by focusing on three critical drivers of long term deficits:

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  1. Burgeoning military spending — much higher than any other country — and magnified by two wars of choice.
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  3. The Bush tax cuts for the wealthiest 2%, and
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  5. Rapidly rising health care costs driven by an inefficient private insurance market.
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Instead of productively focusing the nation's and Congressional attention on these factors, some in the deficit commission are focused on privatizing Social Security and cutting benefits.

Click here to automatically sign our petition to the members of the deficit commission telling them to make recommendations that significantly lower military spending, allow the Bush tax cuts for the top 2% to expire, and modify health care reform to include a robust public option to lower costs.

Thank you for standing up for Social Security.

Related:

Deficit commission almost done deciding to slash Social Security, Alex Pareene, Salon
The commission's report is not yet finished, but it is a foregone conclusion that what to do about the deficit will probably turn out to be "severely scale back the social safety net."

Top 5 Social Security Myths, Nita Chaudhary, MoveOn.org Political Action
We've put together a list of the top five myths about Social Security, along with the real story.

Cannibalism or Disinfectant? Missing the Plot in Arizona

Are Arizona’s Political Leaders Deliberately Blocking Electronic Voting Machine Transparency?

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Denis G. Campbell, UK Progressive

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Submitted by Evergreene Digest Contributing Editor Marsha Aronson

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Sunlight is a great disinfectant, but it’s cloudy and raining over the Arizona election desert. In the few hours since t r u t h o u t ran my articleon transparency and hacking problems with vote scanning machines in Arizona, two events occurred demonstrating a continued preference to attack accusers rather than the problem.

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Having watched past Arizona vote machine election official fiascos for three years from abroad, UK Progressive recommends that since the Arizona election system seems to be so badly broken:

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1. Federal observers, led by US Attorney General Eric Holder be dispatched to Arizona county tabulation and polling centres from the moment ‘vote by mail’ balloting begins until a final count is determined.
2. Judge Oberbillig order Maricopa County immediately to scrap machine tabulating and order a openly witnessed hand-count of all ballots in the general election for these two behemoth counties (Maricopa and Pima) that account for 75% of all votes cast and
3. Governor Jan Brewer and state Attorney General Terry Goddard should support and order all counties across the state to scrap these electronic systems and get the vote count right, even if the final outcome is not known until the next day or even later.

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Attacking Social Security

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  • Social Security’s attackers claim that they’re concerned about the program’s financial future. But their math doesn’t add up, and their hostility isn’t really about dollars and cents. Instead, it’s about ideology and posturing. And underneath it all is ignorance of or indifference to the realities of life for many Americans.
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  • Defense spending far outpaces spending on Social Security
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  • DC Politicians Beware: If You Mess with Social Security, You're Toast
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Paul Krugman, New York Times | NY

Submitted by Evergreene Digest Contributing Editor Bob Heberle

Social Security turned 75 last week (Aug 8-14). It should have been a joyous occasion, a time to celebrate a program that has brought dignity and decency to the lives of older Americans.

But the program is under attack, with some Democrats as well as nearly all Republicans joining the assault. Rumor has it that President Obama’s deficit commission may call for deep benefit cuts, in particular a sharp rise in the retirement age.

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Related:

DC Politicians Beware: Voters Want the Employment Crisis Fixed -- If You Mess with Social Security or Deficits, You're Toast, Joshua Holland, AlterNet
A new survey finds a huge majority of Americans are in agreement about our biggest problem. Obama and the Dems better listen up.

The Best Oligarchy Money can Buy

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  • Revolving Door between Government and the Private Sector Reaches Appalling Highs
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  • “Three of every four gas and oil lobbyists [have] worked for the federal government.” --Washington Post
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Anthony Dimaggio, ZComm, in Axis of Logic

The symbiotic connection between government and business is reaching alarming levels in light of recent evidence, indicating that government officials and business executives are increasingly one and the same.  Consider the evidence that’s recently come to light.   

A recent study by the Washington Post finds that “three of every four gas and oil lobbyists [have] worked for the federal government”.

Among those currently lobbying for energy companies who have worked in government include 18 former members of Congress and dozens of former presidential appointees. Two of these former officials were directors of the Minerals and Management Service, a disturbing revelation considering that the agency has received strong criticism for granting 198 leases for oil wells following the April 30th Deepwater explosion in the Gulf, with BP the winner of 13 of those bids.  For those unfamiliar with the MMS, it gained infamy in late 2008 when it was reported by the New York Times that its employees were trading lucrative offshore drilling contracts for cocaine sex parties, funded by the oil industry (More on that story).

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These kinds of stories are usually the stuff of mystery and action thriller novels, but in the case of MMS-incest, the development simply looks like a failure of an agency to regulate private interests.   

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