December 20, 2012
Social Security benefit cuts are part of the emerging fiscal showdown deal. But the deal includes only $100 billion in cuts to the bloated Pentagon budget!
We need to make our voices heard NOW.
The so-called Chained CPI adjustment, the terrible idea with the terrible name, would reduce benefits that America’s seniors rely on to survive. Social Security benefits average less than $15,000 a year and nearly 40% of seniors rely on Social Security for more than 90% of their income.
Social Security benefits should be off the table because Social Security doesn’t add a nickel to the deficit and there’s much more than $100 billion to cut from the Pentagon. Even though the United States spends more on its military than the next 19 countries combined, for far too long, it has been taboo to even suggest small and strategic cuts to the Pentagon budget. But we know that how we spend our resources is just as important as how much we spend.
Instead of wasting billions on outdated Cold War-era weapons systems that even the military says it does not want, we can reshape our armed forces for the 21st century and use the savings to invest in programs that strengthen our economy, generate new jobs and meet the needs of our returning veterans.
As budget negotiations heat up in Congress, we know we’re facing an uphill battle. In his parting address, President Eisenhower warned us against an entrenched military industrial complex — and boy was he right.
Even though the war in Iraq is over, and the drawdown in Afghanistan continues, Pentagon contractor CEOs making up to $26,000,000 a year are lobbying their friends in Washington to protect their exorbitant salaries and corporate profits, at the expense of middle class and military families.
Enough is enough. Click here to send a clear message to the White House and Congress that they were elected to represent America's working and middle class families, not corporate CEOs getting rich off of our bloated Pentagon budget.