Democracy for America Doesn't Have Obama's Back on Benefit Cuts

April 5, 2013
By Alex Showerman | 28 comments

Democracy for America's response to reports that  Obama will be pushing for cuts to Social Security benefits in his coming budget:  
"The news that the Democratic President will be openly pushing for cuts to Social Security benefits is a profoundly disturbing shot across the bow for the progressives who called their neighbors, spent weekends knocking doors and donated millions to reelect him."  
"Let's be clear: President Obama, when it comes to cutting Social Security, Medicaid or Medicare benefits, over 200,000 progressive members of your own party don't "have your back" and we are prepared to fight you every step of the way." -- Jim Dean, Chair, Democracy for America
  Key facts about DFA's fight against Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security benefit cuts:
  • A letter, co-authored by Reps. Alan Grayson (D-FL) and Mark Takano (CA-D), that vows to vote against any deal with benefit cuts has 30 congressional co-signers, over 200,000 citizen co-signers, and has been endorsed by 20 major organizations including the Democracy For America, the Progressive Change Campaign Committee, MoveOn.Org and the National Organization for Women. 
  • The Grayson-Takano letter can be seen at
  • Another 100 members of Congress have signed the Congressional Progressive Caucus's letter opposing any cuts to Social Security, Medicare, or Medicaid benefits. 
  • Democracy for America has 1 million members nationwide.

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Mr President. I voted for you twice and I cannot express the disappointment and disgust I feel at what you are proposing in cuts in Social Security, Medicaid, Medicare and Veteran benefits! How large banks and corporation lobbyists actually write the laws that are proposed and are introduced by the people on their pay list to work against the American people. It is my opinion that the president and all of government be volunteers on a part time service and as easy to remove from office as any other volunteer. That would take care of the deficit! It is also my opinion the the ex-military and ex-policemen are not the people that the American people should consider a threat but you, sir and all that stand with you on wiping out the freedoms of the people that they fought to protect! I love my country but am ashamed of most of the government!

Mary Barnette-Sesaman

Geez, this is almost criminal. When is enough, enough. I'll tell you the Republicans have it made. They don't even have to have their own President in the WH. The Democratic President gives them everything they want. What does he give to his base...lip service. It's shameful. What a huge disappointment that he would even consider this. The Repugs won't stop there. They're going to move Barack so far right he'll be a GOP member soon. Frickin' absurd!!! All the GOP has to do is threaten and this guy caves like a school kid faced with a bully. Why is it that the Dems never seem to know how to play cards? Why be in the game if you're going to lose every hand? Ha...our few victories are so tiny they hardly seem to matter, do they? So we have a so-called Democratic what. The country is still being run by the idiots. The GOP runs the WH Economic team and the Justice Dept. How depressing!

Paris Duval

This president has become a major disappointment. I voted for him twice and was overjoyed with his success. I now feel foolish. I feel that we would have fared much better if Hillary had been the choice in 2008. A Democrat my entire life, I am now open to the idea of a third party. Obama may be more progressive than the current Repubs but he is looking more Reaganesque as time passes. I will be looking at the votes of my senators and representative in this matter and will vote accordingly myself when the time comes. If Dems think that the progressive vote is a given, you are wrong.

Dennis Jordan
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