Monday, September 20, 2010
TalkingPointsMemo reports 55 U.S. House Democrats signed a letter warning President Obusha they will oppose his so-called “cat food commission” plans to cut, privatize and raise the retirement age of Social Security.
The letter was the effort of Rep. Raul Grijalva (D-AZ), co-chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus. It was originally co-signed by Rep. John Conyers (D-MI), Dan Maffei (D-NY), Mary Jo Kilroy (D-OH), Chellie Pingree (D-ME), and CPC co-chair Lynn Woolsey (D-CA). The advocacy groups P Street Project and MoveOn,org helped organize the effort to add signatures.
They group plans to continue to gather signatures through Tuesday before delivering the letter the White House.
Congressman Grijalva said:
“This is not an issue we should even need to debate as Democrats. The people of this country have had an agreement with the Federal government for many years now — you give to your country during your career, and your country gives back during your retirement.”
But President Obusha sees things quite differently. Among the changes the president’s so-called “cat food commission” will recommend making to Social Security is reducing the amount of benefits and raising the retirement age to 70.