White House Protest Corps


DC: Eating Away at Medicare

Vigil to save Medicare and Social Security
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Dear Eric,

The Brown Bag Lunch Vigils ’ (BBLV) original aim was to get out a simple message: “Healthcare NOT Warfare.” In the months since our first BBLVs, the essence has necessarily broadened, as the attacks on progressive values and the principles of democracy, equality, and fairness have escalated dramatically.

Whether the “haves” have been emboldened by the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision or that this is simply one more step in the master plan to create an even greater gap between the rich and the rest of us, the machine is moving forward to make significant cuts in Medicare and Social Security to—wait for it—“ restore fiscal balance.”

As progressives, we know that the better way toward fiscal stability is to stop spending money on unwinnable, expansionist-driven wars. But in the Bizarro-world bubble of Washington, President Obama, Congress—Republicans and Democrats—and the media (who chant corporatist propaganda to the masses 24/7) are expending a lot of energy—and money—on convincing Americans that cutting great, gaping holes into our social safety net will be good for the country.

July 30, 2010, will be the 45th anniversary of Medicare’s being signed into law, but without our action, Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security as we know them may not survive that long.

The June BBLVs’ theme therefore is “Hands off Medicare and Social Security .” It’s a sideways homage to the Tea Partiers of last summer’s town halls who demanded “Hands off my Medicare!” Though their reasoning was flawed, their message is essential now.

Let’s tell our communities and our representatives that cuts to Medicare and Social Security won’t balance the budget, but ending the wars assuredly will. We’ll see you at the Brown Bag Lunch Vigils.

For peace, justice, and fairness,

The BBLV Team

Brown Bag Lunch Vigil Partners

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