Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Don't Make Us Work Till We Die

There's a new website and video being launched later tonight by the Strengthen Social Security coalition.

A number of events will be taking place around the country next week, on April 27 and 28. The theme for these events is: Don't Make Us Work Till We Die. Seniors will be dressing up in the uniform of their former occupation to illustrate the folly of raising the retirement age.

Check out the website.
There's a map of upcoming events, as well as a lot of good resources, a petition to sign, and a virtual rally, for folks who don't have an event in their state. Like NH.

The stakes are higher than ever. Rep. Ryan's Repulsive Republican Budget will privatize Medicare, slash Medicaid, and use the Social Security treasury to pay down the deficit.

We cannot allow this to happen.

Raising the retirement age won't hurt Charlie Bass or Flip Floppin' Frank Guinta - but it will hurt the people who have worked in professions that meant physical labor. I worked in restaurant kitchens for 20 years. I have a shoulder problem, and several other repetitive motion injuries. There are millions of people who are paying the physical price for the work they did.

People over the age of 55 are less likely to find work - never mind work till they're near 70. Republicans have always hated the New Deal, and they're taking a run at killing it for good.

We cannot allow this to happen.

It's important that we make a lot of noise, enough so that Obama and the cowardly Democrats who are willing to "negotiate" on this subject learn that if they negotiate with these terrorists, there will be hell to pay.

In the interest of full disclosure, this post is part of the Campaign For America's Future state blogger's network project. I'm one of the bloggers participating in the project.

cross-posted at Blue Hampshire

1 comment:

DissedBelief said...

Yes, thank you so much for this piece Susan!! How dare they take money we have been paying in for decades and declare it their own to be used however they see fit? And indeed they are terrorists, since they are invoking terror in those of us least able to save ourselves. I will raise my voice and join with others in contacting legislators and letting them know exactly how, as a voter, I will be dealing with them if they betray our future.