27 April 2010

Greedy Geezers to Simpson: " We Want Open Government!"

This morning a new Federal commission is meeting for the first time, and it could determine the future of Social Security.

The National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform is a bi-partisan group charged with recommending ways to lower the federal debt.  No retiree likes debt, but we should be worried because some are urging the panel to cut Social Security to reduce the budget deficit.

Unfortunately this new Commission is making it hard for us to follow its work.  It plans to hold most of its meetings outside of the public eye, behind closed doors in the U.S. Capitol.

In addition to the secrecy, there are other troubling things related to this commission: One co-chairman, Alan Simpson, has characterized seniors concerned about the future of Social Security for their children and grandchildren as "Greedy Geezers"; another member, Jeb Hensarling of Texas was a protege' of Phil Gramm, the architect of the Reagan/Bush deregulation which contributed to the current "Great Recession"; all of this amid erroneous presuppositions that Social Security is "Broke" and that Medicare is "Broken".

Click HERE to tell your elected officials that this Commission's deliberations - and the future of Social Security - are too important to be kept secret.  The meetings should be open to the public, and there should be hearings across the country to listen to the American people.

Social Security is one of our nation's greatest success stories, and there is no reason to hide it away.  Act today to send these meetings out into the sunshine, so everyone can see firsthand just how important Social Security is to Americans of all ages.

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