by Richard (RJ) Eskow
Aug. 3, 2010
A broad coalition of groups has been formed to defend Social Security, and the videos announcing it are all worth watching. Of all the ideas proposed, my personal favorite comes from AFSCME President Gerald W. McEntee: A new reality show starring the people who want to cut Social Security. He suggests having John Boehner, billionaire benefit-cut advocate Peter G. Peterson, and Deficit Commission chairs Alan Simpson and Erskine Bowles live for a year on the average Social Security benefit of $14,000.
“They won’t get a COLA (cost of living increase,” says McEntee, “but they’ll still have to deduct $100 a month for Medicare Part B and still have to pay $200 a month for Medigap insurance.” (The video of his comments is below.)
AFSCME Chief Says Strengthen Social Security
AmericasFuture | July 29, 2010
Gerald W. McEntee, president of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, supports the Strengthen Social Security coalition at a news conference July 29 at the National Press Club in Washington. AFSCME is one of at least 60 organizations that have signed on to a statement of principles opposing cuts in Social Security benefits, particularly rejecting their being done in the name of deficit reduction. For more information, go to http://ourfuture.org/strengthensocial… or http://strengthensocialsecurity.org.