Never allow your wanton desires to interfere with the basic needs and interests of others and live simply so others may simply live
Saturday, April 6, 2013
Obama vs. Social Security
Social Security is not driving the deficit, therefore it should not
be part of reforms aimed at cutting the deficit.
The chained CPI,
deceptively portrayed as a reasonable cost of living adjustment, is a
cut to Social Security benefits that would hurt seniors.
That's why I created a petition to President Barack Obama, which says:
Mr. President, the chained CPI is a cut to
Social Security benefits that would hurt seniors—it's an idea not befitting a
Democratic president. If you want to reform Social Security, make the
wealthy pay their fair share by lifting the cap on income subject to
Social Security taxes.
are several sensible reforms to Social Security that should be
considered to help make it sustainable, including lifting the ceiling
on income subject to Social Security from $113,700 to $200,000 or more,
as well as instituting a 1% raise in the payroll tax rate, a rate that
hasn't changed in over 20 years.
Both of these reforms would go a long way toward protecting the
long-term health of Social Security, but neither should not be conflated
with efforts to reduce the federal budget deficit.
This petition was created on SignOn.org, the progressive,
nonprofit petition site. SignOn.org is sponsored by MoveOn Civic Action,
which is not responsible for the contents of this or other petitions
posted on the site. Robert Reich, former U.S. Secretary of Labor didn't
pay us to send this email—we never rent or sell the MoveOn.org list.
The progress of social justice is slow and measured. Its growth depends on an increasing number of us becoming aware of the truth and consequences of our actions.
I believe that it is morally wrong to allow our wanton desires to interfere with the basic needs and interests of other sentient beings.
I believe the physical and psychological abuse – confinement, social deprivation, mutilation, genetic and reproductive manipulation, and profit exploitation – imposed by us on other animals is morally wrong.
I believe the suggestion that the exploitation of other sentient beings by humans can be achieved without cruelty, violence, or injustice is false and misleading.
As an advocate for all life, committed to compassion and justice, I refuse to take part in the exploitation of other sentient beings or to collaborate with those caught up in such injustice.
I pledge to do my best to live a life that conveys a clear, sincere and uncompromised message that is free of resentment, fear, exploitation, anger, cynicism, and manipulation.
Furthermore, I pledge to continue to support a broad range of nonviolent initiatives and programs that will hopefully one day eliminate the needless pain and suffering we inflict upon all the many wonderful creatures with whom we share this planet.