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August 13, 2010

Now We Know What Public Wants - Get Candidates On The Record

-- by Dave Johnson

This post originally appeared at Campaign for America's Future (CAF) at their Blog for OurFuture. I am a Fellow with CAF.

Tomorrow is the 75th birthday of Social Security. It is the most successful government program, demonstrating that government of the people, by the people and for the people works. For this reason a new poll shows that politicians will face major voter backlash if they advocate cuts in Social Security benefits or choose deficit reduction over job creation. Let's get candidates on the record with a pledge to honor and protect this valuable program.

Yesterday in Social Security – A Divide Between DC And The Rest Of Us, I wrote about a new poll that shows that the public understands something that the DC elite don't seem to get: The public gets it that the way to fix the deficit is to ask the rich to start paying taxes again, invest in infrastructure which provides jobs and enables businesses to prosper -- and don't touch Social Security benefits. (Click here for more on the poll.)

The clear message of the poll: Politicians will face major voter backlash if they advocate cuts in Social Security benefits or choose deficit reduction over job creation.

So now it is time to get our politicians on the record. Campaign for America's Future is asking candidates running for Congress to make this pledge: Hands off Social Security: No increase in the retirement age, no privatization, no Social Security cuts. Sign the petition to your member of Congress. And you can find out your member of Congress stands on Social Security. Use ourfuture.org/handsoffsocialsecurity to find out. And bookmark this page so you can come back and watch the list grow.

You can help us hold Congress accountable: Ask candidates to make the pledge and email promise@ourfuture.org with the answer.

And again: Politicians will face major voter backlash if they advocate cuts in Social Security benefits or choose deficit reduction over job creation.

Here are some useful websites for engaging in this fight to save Social Security:

Click here for more on the poll.

Click here to see which members of Congress have signed the "Hands Off Social Security!" pledge

Click here to sign the petition: Hands Off Social Security!

Click here to visit Strengthen Social Security ... don't cut it.

One more time: Politicians will face major voter backlash if they advocate cuts in Social Security benefits or choose deficit reduction over job creation.

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Posted by Dave Johnson at August 13, 2010 8:47 AM


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