Social Security Socialism for the rich Washington State Politics

Protect Social Security, not the 1%

Representatives Rick Larsen and Jim McDermott have signed the Ciccline letter “Expressing the sense of the Congress that the Chained Consumer Price Index should not be used to calculate cost-of-living adjustments for Social Security benefits.”  And Rep. McDermott has signed several other  letters in support of Social Security (see table below). But no Washington State […]

Accountability Social Security

A Win for “Just Scrap the Cap”

Conservative billionaire Pete Peterson, a major financier in the effort to dismantle Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid, just got some egg on his face courtesy of the Social Security Works – Washington coalition, the Economic Opportunity Institute and PSARA. The winning video in the Pete Peterson Foundation’s video contest – which had the goal of “compiling […]

Democrats Elections Social Security Washington State Politics

King County Dems resolve to withhold endorsement from candidates who advocate cuts to Social Security

At its Tuesday night meeting, the King County Democrats approved a resolution opposing the Chained CPI cuts to Social Security. The resolution concludes with the following strong words: “going forward, we will refuse to endorse or support any federal candidate that either votes for or advocates for cuts to Social Security, and that all candidates […]

Activism Social Security Washington State Politics

Join the Human Chain Against the Chained CPI in Olympia on July 2!

Tue, Jul 02, 2013, 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM Tivoli Fountain – in front of the State Capitol 1201-1285 Capitol Way South Olympia, WA 98501 Join us Tuesday July 2nd as we join hands to form HUMAN CHAINS AGAINST THE CHAINED CPI in events across the country. This National Day of Action will showcase the broad […]

Economic Justice Military Force Peace Politics Social Security

Two good resolutions that Democrat federal lawmakers should follow

The King County Democrats’ Platform & Resolutions Committee is (favorably) considering the following two resolutions, the first one calling for cuts to Pentagon spending, and the second one opposing cuts to Social Security. Concerning the Pentagon budget resolution, someone asked, “Have we considered impacts on WA employment re Boeing and re Joint Base Lewis-McChord? Might […]

Social Security

‘Scrap the cap’ to keep Social Security fair

The kids are all right. And so are their grandparents. Why? Because Social Security is there — for all of us. And we can make that promise even better by making sure we all pay the same tax rate for the same guarantee. The Social Security Trustees report shows solid funding for the next 23 […]

Social Security

Alaska Senator Mark Begich introduces proposal to scrap the cap, move to better CPI measure

Sitka News reports Senator Mark Begich (D-Alaska) is prepared to introduce legislation to protect and preserve Social Security benefits for future generations, while shoring up the system’s long-term solvency. Senator Begich introduced his plan in response to President Obama’s proposal to switch to the Chained CPI, which would cut annual cost-of-living increases for seniors and veterans on Social […]

Democrats Obama Social Security Washington State Politics

Resolution in defense of Social Security, passed by the 34th LD Dems

Resolution Against the Use of the Chained CPI for Calculation Cost of Living Increases for Social Security and Other Programs. WHEREAS the current COLA already undercounts the higher inflation that seniors experience because they spend a disproportionate amount of their income on health care; and WHEREAS the chained CPI will result in a yearly 0.3% […]

Medicare Obama Social Security Washington State Politics

32nd Democrats pass resolution critical of Obama's proposed cuts to Social Security and Medicare

2013-08 Resolution on Preserving Social Security and Medicare Whereas our Social Security System is a foundation of our social safety net for all citizens who reach retirement age or are eligible due to disability; and Whereas our Medicare System provides vital healthcare services to seniors and disabled and prevents people from falling into total abject […]