[gpga-news] PrsRls: Green Party to Obama: No 'Grand Bargain' cuts to Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid

Hugh Esco hesco at greens.org
Thu Nov 15 14:36:07 PST 2012


GREEN PARTY OF THE UNITED STATES
http://www.gp.org

For Immediate Release:
Thursday, November 15, 2012

Contacts:
Scott McLarty, Media Coordinator, 202-904-7614, mclarty at greens.org
Starlene Rankin, Media Coordinator, 916-995-3805, starlene at gp.org


Greens to Obama: Resist 'Grand Bargain' 
cuts in Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid

? Green solution for the deficit: Reduce the bloated military
budget, end the wars, eliminate Bush's tax cuts for the rich

? Green Party Speakers Bureau: Greens available
to speak on budget policy and taxation:
http://www.gp.org/speakers/speakers-economic-justice.php

WASHINGTON, DC -- Green Party leaders called on President
Obama to resist any kind of 'Grand Bargain' with Republicans
in Congress that involves cuts to Social Security, Medicare,
Medicaid, food stamps, or other safety-net programs.

The President has signaled that he is ready to cut Social
Security, Medicare, and Medicaid and by $650 billion and raise
the eligibility age for Medicare and Social Security in a deal
with the GOP in order to avoid the 'fiscal cliff'.

"Americans need more protection during a recession instead of
less protection. Democrats in the 1930s understood this and
passed the Social Security Act in 1937 during the Depression,"
said Starlene Rankin, co-chair of the Green Party's Lavender
Caucus.

"Instead of carving up these programs, President Obama should
reduce or eliminate the things that caused the deficit -- the
Bush-era tax cuts for the wealthy, the bloated military budget,
and borrowing to pay for the wars of the last decade. He should
let the tax cuts expire, bring the troops home from the wars,
and cut military spending. President Obama is already willing to
end Bush's tax cuts for the rich. He should announce that Wall
Street caused the economic crisis, therefore Wall Street should
suffer 'austerity' instead of working and poor Americans,"
said Ms. Rankin.

Greens said that cuts to these programs would force Americans
to invest more of their retirement money in the high-risk
Wall Street casino. Raising the eligibility age would mean
"work till you die" for many Americans, especially low-income
working people, the poor, Blacks, and others with statistically
lower life expectancies.

The FY 2012 military budget is likely to top $700
billion (the highest level since World War II),
with $118 billion for the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq
and $19 billion for defense-related atomic energy programs
(http://www.csbaonline.org/publications/2011/07/analysis-of-the-fy2012-defense-budget/).
Greens have called for Congress to cancel further war spending
and have urged a halt to nuclear energy, as well as deep cuts
for military contracts. Veterans' benefits and services should
be maintained.

"For decades, Republicans have wanted to privatize Social
Security, Medicare, and Medicaid as part of their intention
to redistribute the nation's wealth from working people to
the One Percent, but they knew they couldn't accomplish this
on their own. Unless Americans can persuade him otherwise,
our reelected Democratic President is about to fulfill the GOP
agenda. The most vulnerable Americans -- the poor, Blacks and
other people of color, old people, those with medical problems
-- will be made to suffer so that the White House and Congress
can placate the rich," said Darryl! Moch, co-chair of the
Green Party of the United States.

"We encourage all Americans to speak out in defense of Social
Security, Medicare, and Medicaid. The worst thing that can
happen is for people who voted for President Obama's reelection
to succumb to a post-election 'Just let Obama take care it'
mentality or to mainstream media platitudes declaring that
'bipartisan compromise is always for the best'. Such thinking
killed the antiwar movement after Mr. Obama's first victory in
2008. The looming Grand Bargain is proof that we desperately
need to get some Greens elected to Congress," added Mr. Moch.

President Obama has endorsed recommendations by his
Bowles-Simpson Fiscal Responsibility Commission to reduce Social
Security. During his October 3 debate, he signaled his agreement
with Republican contender Mitt Romney when he said "I suspect
that on Social Security, we've got a somewhat similar position."

Green presidential nominee Jill Stein strongly opposed the
cuts and offered the Green New Deal as a plan to stimulate
the economy and generate jobs for 25 million Americans
(http://www.jillstein.org/green_new_deal).

Greens agree with Dean Baker and other economists that a
projected Social Security shortfall in 20 or 30 years can
be averted by a very modest raise on the payments cap for
the wealthy. The Green Party supports expanding Medicare to
cover all Americans, which would cut health care spending
by hundreds of billions of dollars and rein in skyrocketing
health-care costs.

See also:?

"Green Party warns of a bipartisan attack on the social
safety net for working and poor Americans, urges a halt to
looming cuts based on sequestration and Social Security
'reform'" Green Party press release, October 23, 2012
http://www.gp.org/press/pr-national.php?ID=558

"Obama/GOP 'Grand Bargain' Threatens Medicare"
Healthcare-NOW!, November 12, 2012
http://www.healthcare-now.org/obamagop-grand-bargain-threatens-medicare

"Green Party advances in state and local races on Election Day 2012"
Green Party press release, November 8, 2012
http://www.gp.org/press/pr-national.php?ID=569


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