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Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Fwd: [bangla-vision] Fw: Your voice and the debt ceiling

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From: Romi Elnagar <>
Date: Tue, Jul 26, 2011 at 10:23 PM
Subject: [bangla-vision] Fw: Your voice and the debt ceiling


--- On Tue, 7/26/11, Rashad Robinson, <> wrote:

Dear Romi,

Since Sunday, more than 36,000 members have called on Congress not to balance the budget on the backs of the poor and working class without asking the wealthy to pay their fair share. Will you help us get to 50,000 signatures? Click here to sign the petition:

The good news is that it looks like the bill that Sen. Harry Reid proposed on Monday won't include cuts to Social Security or Medicare. But the details of the plan are still unclear — we don't yet know what important programs it would cut. And just as important as what's in the bill is what's not in it: Reid's bill doesn't ask anything from the wealthiest Americans, who are paying lower taxes than they have for decades.

Congress and the White House need to hear from us, loud and clear. Please help us send them a powerful message, and ask your friends and family to do the same:

For more background, you can read the email we sent you on Sunday (attached below).

-- Rashad, James, Gabriel, William, Dani, Matt, Natasha and the rest of the team
   July 26th, 2011

Medicare, Social Security and college financial aid are on the cutting block.

Tell Congress and the White House: "Don't balance the budget on the back of the poor and working class."

Click here

Dear Romi,

Republicans are trying to push forward a plan that would gut America's social safety net -- and unless we act now, they may get their way.

Congress needs to raise the debt ceiling before August 2nd so that the government doesn't default on its debts, which would wreak havoc on the economy. But Republicans are refusing to vote to raise the debt ceiling unless they can also pass massive cuts to Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, student aid, and other important programs that create opportunity and protect the most vulnerable among us.

Democrats in Congress are holding the line, saying that they won't accept any cuts to these programs without asking huge corporations, millionaires and billionaires to contribute their fair share.

But as the deadline approaches, Congressional Democrats will be under immense pressure to compromise their principles, even if it means giveaways for the rich while most Americans suffer.

Please join us in calling on the White House and Congress to say NO to any deal that asks people who are already struggling in this economy to sacrifice even more, without asking corporations and the rich to pay their fair share. And please ask your friends and family to join us as well:

The moral line is clear: the budget must not be balanced on the backs of poor and working folks while millionaires and billionaires pay lower taxes than ever. Americans oppose cuts to Medicare and Social Security by a 2-to-1 margin, and a large majority thinks that keeping benefit levels the same is a bigger priority than short-term deficit reduction.1 And an amazing 72% of Americans are united behind the idea of asking the wealthy to pay their fair share of taxes.2

By speaking out, we can help give the President and Congressional Democrats the political space they need to stand strong against the GOP's dangerous demands. It's especially important that we deliver this message to the House of Representatives, because it's likely that any budget deal will have to happen with the blessing of Democrats there. If they stand strong, we can avoid the worst of the cuts.

Why do we need to raise the debt ceiling?

Congress sets the maximum amount the federal government can borrow to pay its bills on time. If our debt rises above the limit, the government will begin to default on its commitments. And when that happens, there will be far-reaching consequences for everyone, but especially poor and working folks.

If the government doesn't pay its bills, it's a lot like when you or I don't pay our bills -- it ruins our credit, and makes buying goods and services more expensive. Worse, it makes even having debt more expensive, which means that money the government will have to pay higher interest rates -- money that won't go to economic stimulus or preserving the social safety net.

Most reputable economists say that a government default would wreck the nation's economy, halting the already-weak recovery and possibly taking the world's economy down with it.3

That fact hardly matters to most Republicans in Washington, who are treating the prospect of default like a high-stakes game of chicken. Many see an opportunity to gut programs that they never could otherwise, such as Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security. It's a disgusting, cynical strategy.

If enough of us speak out, we can help save the social safety net and force corporations and the wealthiest Americans to pay their fair share. Please join us now:

Thanks and Peace,

-- Rashad, James, Gabriel, William, Dani, Matt, Natasha and the rest of the team
   July 24th, 2011

Help support our work. is powered by YOU--your energy and dollars. We take no money from lobbyists or large corporations that don't share our values, and our tiny staff ensures your contributions go a long way. You can contribute here:

1. GOP Divided Over Benefit Reductions: Public Wants Changes in Entitlements, Not Changes in Benefit," Pew Research Center for People and the Press, 7-7-2011

2. "Poll: Taxing the rich favored over Medicare cuts," Politico, 4-20-2011

3. "To the limit," New York Times, 7-1-2011



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