The more people who join our movement to demand a commonsense solution to fix our national debt, the louder our collective voice will be in Washington. It’s that simple.
So today we’re kicking off a “Three-A-Week” recruitment challenge. Watch and share the announcement video below from former Senator and fiscal commission co-chair Alan Simpson (and find out why he's dancing Gangnam style!).
Here’s how the challenge works: You recruit three new supporters to The Can Kicks Back campaign every week from now until President Obama’s Inauguration on January 21st. And you ask each of those three people to do the same.
We have compiled all the information, tools and tips you need to get started.
Our website will give you a unique URL to track how many people you’ve signed up. We’re offering some cool prizes, including an all-expense paid trip to Washington, to those who recruit the most supporters.
If 150 people start the challenge this week, we could have as many as 2.5 million supporters eight weeks from now. That’s the power of each of us recruiting just three people a week.
It starts with YOU. And it starts NOW.
The excuse is always the same. “The amount we will save is insignificant”. Fine. If it is insignificant, than making those cuts should be simple. Make them, and THEN lets talk about taxes and entitlements.
Federal funds and guarantees have boosted state and municipal government salaries and pensions to unreasonable levels as well. States and municipalities that do not institute pension reform should be cut off from Federal dollars. Once we go down that path, the money is no longer insignificant.
$200,000 a year for part time work, they can afford to pay for their medical and retirement. Put that on the table.
!6 Trillion does not even begin to describe our debt. Today the FHA announced it may need a bailout to prop up the more than $trillion dollars in loans they back. California, New York, and several other states have tremendous debt and deficits. When they require a bailout, the 16 trillion dollars is going to have looked cheap.
Complaining about Republican spending on wars is as pointless and irrelevant as complaining about Obama’s new trillion dollars in spending on the Affordable Care Act. Spending is spending, and the money is now committed. We either have the backbone to do what it takes not to look like Greece, or we do not.
“simplify the tax code and eliminate loopholes” is Republican-speak for “give more money to the wealthy”. It is not possible to eliminate enough loopholes to make up for the Bush tax cuts. Simply allowing those cuts to expire for the people making more than $250k will raise rates back to what they were in the 90s when we had a balanced budget.
And the Simpson-Bowles Commission proposal is heavily weighted with slashing Medicare and Medicaid benefits which will simply dump more people into poverty. Instead, we should stop fighting ridiculous ground wars in Asia, slash the Pentagon budget, and stop giving subsidies to oil companies and factory farms.
So while I agree the debt is a problem and we need both revenue and spending cuts to solve it, Alan Simpson is not the guy to lead us to a solution.
Webster definition of Entitlement:
Definition of ENTITLEMENT
a: the state or condition of being entitled : right
b: a right to benefits specified especially by law or contract
: a government program providing benefits to members of a specified group; also: funds supporting or distributed by such a program
: belief that one is deserving of or entitled to certain privileges "
Synonyms: allocation, allotment, annuity, appropriation, grant, subsidy, subvention
Definition of SOCIAL SECURITY
: the principle or practice or a program of public provision (as through social insurance or assistance) for the economic security and social welfare of the individual and his or her family; especiallycapitalized both Ss: a United States government program established in 1935 to include old-age and survivors insurance, contributions to state unemployment ****insurance****, and old-age assistance
: money paid out through a social security program ****** *******
NOT ONLY DOES THE EMPLOYEE CONTRIBUTE TO SOCIAL SECURITY AND MEDICARE BUT THE EMPLOYER MATCHES WHAT THE EMPLOYEE PAY INTO THE SYSTEM (double dipping – the Gov. is) and they call it ENTITLEMENT?