Friday, March 18, 2011

Republicans = Attack, Attack, Attack ~ Middle Class & Seniors Under Seige

What’s next for Wisconsin’s Public Workers ?
Governor Scott Walker (R) has signed into law the highly controversial bill to eliminate collective bargaining rights for public workers in Wisconsin. The signing comes after weeks of protests at the Wisconsin state capitol. Officials from Dane County have filed for an emergency injunction to prevent the law from taking effect, and Democrats have vowed to fight the law on the grounds that the vote took place unlawfully and violated the state’s constitution. Democrats and labor leaders have also promised that they will lead the repeal effort to remove Republican lawmakers and the Governor from office. “We are dismayed at the Wisconsin lawmakers’ attack on collective bargaining rights for their state employees. This fight is not over !

Social Security and Medicare under Attack in the Senate, House
Twenty-two Republican senators are threatening to vote against raising the debt ceiling later this year unless the president concedes to cuts in Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid. However, another group of Senators plans to introduce legislation that would separate Social Security from the wider talks on reducing the federal deficit. That initiative has been backed by Democratic Sens. Richard Blumenthal (CT), Barbara Boxer (CA), Sherrod Brown (OH), and Barbara Mikulski (MD), as well as Bernie Sanders (I-VT). On Tuesday, 125 members of the House Democratic Caucus sent a letter to Speaker of the House John Boehner, advising him that a $1.7 billion cut to the budget of the Social Security Administration would have a disastrous effect on beneficiaries. Also in the House, Rep. Mark Critz (D-PA) introduced an amendment to the stopgap measure to fund the federal government that would prohibit funds in the legislation from being used to cut Social Security or Medicare benefits; privatize Social Security; eliminate guaranteed health coverage for seniors; or establish a Medicare voucher plan that limits payments to beneficiaries. However, the motion failed, 190 to 239. For a tally of the vote, go to
Brace Yourselves: Paul Ryan (R) to Release His Budget

Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI), the Chairman of the House Budget Committee, has again promised that he will lead the charge and propose drastic cuts and fundamental changes to Social Security and Medicare. Last year, he released his widely criticized Road map for America’s Future,” which called for privatizing Social Security for younger employees, raising the retirement age to 70, reducing benefits for middle and high income seniors, and replacing Medicare with a voucher program. Although Ryan has yet to disclose specific details about the budget he will release in April, it is expected that he will stick close to the plan he outlined in his road map.

Editorial : The biggest threat to our economy and country are in fact REPUBLICANS ! Why ? GREED ! (Scott Walker upper left) (Paul Ryan upper right)

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