Dear MoveOn member,
Yesterday news broke that John Boehner, the Republican Leader in the House of Representatives, believes that Congress should raise the retirement age to 70 and cut Social Security so that we can finance the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
That's right: Boehner told a reporter that he thinks we should cut Social Security to pay for war.1 And later in the day, several other Republicans came out and agreed with him.2
The scary thing is: The way things are looking, Republicans could actually win enough seats this fall to put them in charge and make that vision a reality.
So we have to send a clear message to representatives in both parties and the media: If they plan on raising the retirement age to 70 next year, we're going to make sure they're out of work come November.
And we have a powerful way to do it—using photos. Can you take a moment to print out a sign making clear that you're against raising the retirement age to 70 and snap a quick photo of yourself with it? We'll deliver them to Congress and use them in online ads.
Everything you'll need is at this link:
We've done photo campaigns like this before and they are incredibly moving. The faces of everyday Americans who want to protect Social Security can make a really big impact on Congress and the media.
After you add your photo to the collection, pass this on to family and friends who want to be able to retire before they're 70 so they can do the same. Together, we can make it clear that Americans don't want to cut Social Security to finance wars.
Thanks for all you do.
–Nita, Daniel, Duncan, Amy, and the rest of the team
1. "Obama's good for GOP, Boehner says," Pittsburgh Tribune Review, June 29, 2010
2. "GOP shrugs over Boehner comment," Politico, June 29, 2010
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