Democracy for America to Democrats: Take Vital Programs Off the Table in Fiscal Showdown Talks

November 27, 2012
By Alex Showerman | 12 comments

For Immediate Release: November 26th, 2012

Contact: Alex Showerman
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Burlington, VT – Today, Democracy for America (DFA) launched a campaign to protect programs seniors depend on and tell Democrats that no deal is better than a bad deal in the upcoming fiscal showdown talks.

As part of the campaign, DFA and its partners hope to collect 50,000 signatures, demanding Senate Democrats reject any deal that extends the Bush Tax Cuts for the wealthiest two percent or makes cuts to vital programs seniors and working families rely on, such as Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid. DFA will publicly deliver the signatures to Majority Leader Harry Reid.

“Medicare is the single most successful government program ever,” Arshad Hasan, Executive Director of Democracy for America, said. “Democrats, from the President on down, must take any benefit cuts or increases in the retirement age off the table in the fiscal showdown talks. We cannot and must not balance the nation’s budget on the back of our seniors. No deal is better than a bad deal.”

DFA is proud to partner on this campaign with Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), who has long fought to protect Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid.

“Poll after poll shows that the American people want to see deficit reduction done in a way that is fair,” Sanders said. “They do not want to see cuts in Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid while millionaires, billionaires and large corporations continue to receive huge tax breaks.  Despite the fact that we just won a major electoral victory over Big Money, Wall Street CEOs, big corporations and the millionaires and billionaires are not giving up. Defeating them will take a major grass-roots effort with millions of people getting involved in this fight.”

You can find the petition here:


Democracy for America is the people-powered Democratic Political Action Committee. With over one million members nationwide, DFA is a grassroots powerhouse working to change our country and the Democratic Party from the bottom up. 

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Eliminating or capping tax deductions would increase taxes mainly for the rich, and doing so makes immense amounts of sense. Almost any competent analyst agrees. So why isn't this just agreed to now? It'd be easy to do.

Tom Lawler

Where is this petition published? What are we supposed to be signing exactly?

I dont

The petition is located here: It calls on Senate Democrats to reject any deal that extends the Bush Tax Cuts for the wealthiest two percent or makes cuts to vital programs seniors and working families rely on, such as Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid.

Alex Showerman

We can either have a decent nation or a third world nation embedded in a militaristic empire that daily grows less popular thruout much of the world. I opt for the former. Let's combine drastic cuts to our military budget with increased revenue from the ultra rich and from corporations that pay little or no taxes to do worthwhile things - like really significant upgrades to our horribly deteriorated infrastructure and accelerated steps to reverse global warming. We need to stop trying to run the world and pay attention of our own nation.

William Mclaughlin

I do agree EXCEPT for the retirement age. We are increasingly living longer and need to work longer. I think that is a negotiable point. However, not the minimum retirement age at a lesser amount. Many people are in physically hard jobs and their bodies are ready to quit at 62 and should have that lesser cushion to fall on, especially since stats show that the earlier a person dies the earlier he dies. The cap can be eliminated. Since Republicans choose to call SS an entitlement, those making $300,000 or over should not be "entitled" to receive any benefits (SS or Medicare).

Lee hoffman

The least talked about solution is drastically reducing our horribly bloated military budget. It's time to give up our pursuit of world domination and pay attention to domestic needs. We can either have a decent country or a third world nation embedded in a militaristic empire. We also need to raise revenue to reduce our debt but must no do so by significant cuts in medicare or social security.

William Mclaughlin

And let us not forget about initiating a "transaction tax" on on all stock and bond transactions. A half cent tax on both sides of a transaction or a penny contribution by the seller(not without precedent...anyone sold a house lately and paid a commission to the realtor?). Doesn't seem to be much of a burden to me on those who make money(in some cases tons of it) without doing any actual work. Ed Ides Seattle

Edward Ides

I am confused. I thought the President knew what the American people wanted because he was reelected. I hope he does what he said he would do and not give in.

regina bishop

U.S citizens should be entitled to what they paid for. Therefore if the G.O.P wants to call Social security and Medicare entitlements so be it but as such we are entitled to keep it as is. All public,governmental and elected officials should be paying into Social security and Medicare as well. Since they don't they are not entitled to make any changes unless they change their own retirement and medical coverages.

michael tobiaski

Do what is right for the American people & stop acting like 2 yr olds!!!!!!

Theresa Thoma

The subject of this post is the radical reform of current U.S. tax policy as an avenue towards fiscal solvency and equitable funding for federal programs. It is offered in the spirit of the campaign of former presidential candidate Howard Dean, a social progressive and fiscal conservative. I propose introducing a consumption tax to replace the income tax for all but the wealthiest individuals, to whom a flat income and capital gains tax would apply. The latter aspect of this proposal is in recognition of the wildly disproportionate distribution of wealth in the U.S. This consumption, or value added tax, will eliminate all federal payroll taxes. The idea behind it is to help undo the effect of the Republican Party’s single-minded policy argument of reducing taxes on job creators. It does not acknowledge there’s any factual basis for the theory, but it helps dismantle its utility as a political weapon. I am not personally as enamored with progressive tax policy as I am with the fuller participation of citizens in the revenue raising process, which in turn vests this broad base of tax payers with an interest in government spending decisions. Besides, because the large majority of tax deductions and credits in the current code go to wealthier tax payers with tax lawyers and accountants who itemize their returns, the supposed progressivity of U.S. tax policy is effectively neutralized. These tax dodges and preferences should be jettisoned, as should lower carried interest and other capital gains rates. Why meekly surrender to wealthy earners with the responsibility for paying the bulk of federal income taxes the authority to direct federal expenditures? With my tax plan, people who pay small amounts of taxes that are proportionally the same, in percentage terms, as those of other, more prosperous tax payers can thereby assume their rightful authority to affect federal spending policy. I have some very specific ideas for the contours of such policy, as I imagine you do, and they include single payer healthcare, public campaign financing, and significant reductions in defense spending with concomitant decreases in corporate welfare to the military industrial complex. What are your thoughts?

Tom Bearse

Another not-talked-about way to cut spending. Let the government negotiate prescription drug prices.

William Mclaughlin
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