Wednesday, August 18, 2010

A real promise to protect Social Security

Dear MoveOn member,

The battle to save Social Security has just begun, but we're already making progress.

Last week, MoveOn members and our coalition partners sent more than 30,000 faxes to Congress asking representatives to sign the coalition's Social Security Promise, which commits them to:

  • Oppose any cuts to Social Security benefits
  • Oppose increases to the retirement age
  • Oppose any effort to privatize Social Security
And it's working! Representatives across the country—from Gabrielle Giffords in Arizona1 to Earl Pomeroy in North Dakota2 to Alan Grayson in Florida3—have pledged to protect Social Security from cuts and privatization.

But we haven't heard back from Rep. McCarthy yet. So we need to keep the pressure on, and the best way to do that is to follow up the faxes with phone calls.

Can you call Rep. McCarthy right now? Ask her if she'll sign the pledge so voters in New York know that she is committed to protecting Social Security from all three threats: benefit cuts, raising the retirement age, and privatization.

Representative Carolyn McCarthy
Phone: 202-225-5516

Then, please report your call by clicking here:

The threat to Social Security is growing. Radical Republicans like Rep. Paul Ryan want to privatize Social Security.4 Others, like Majority Leader John Boehner want to raise the retirement age—the equivalent of an across-the-board benefit cut—to pay for tax giveaways for millionaires.5

And unfortunately, it's not just Republicans who are pushing cuts. Majority Leader Steny Hoyer recently said that, "We could and should consider a higher retirement age."6 And Rep. James Clyburn, another member of the Democratic leadership, has indicated that he, too, is open to "adjusting" Social Security.7

Voters won't stand for politicians who want to cut Social Security. A new poll shows that 65% of voters reject raising the retirement age to 70, 52% of them strongly.8 And that's despite the huge campaign by those who want to cut Social Security to scare voters into thinking Social Security is in crisis.

We need to keep up the pressure on Rep. McCarthy until she commits to all three parts of the promise. Will you call her right now and ask her to sign the Social Security Promise? Make sure to hit all three points—you want her to pledge to oppose privatization, oppose benefit cuts, and oppose raising the retirement age.

Representative Carolyn McCarthy
Phone: 202-225-5516

Then, please report your call by clicking here:

Thanks for all you do.

–Daniel, Duncan, Marika, Nita, and the rest of the team


1. "Democrats Defend Social Security on Multiple Fronts," Firedoglake, August 4, 2010

2. "Pomeroy: Social Security Benefit Cuts 'Completely Unacceptable'," August 11, 2010

3. "Signed Social Security Promise," Campaign for America's Future, July 23, 2010

4. "A Roadmap for America's Future," The Budget Committee Republicans, August 18, 2010

5. "Boehner, Pence: Raising Social Security Retirement Age An Option" Huffington Post, August 8, 2010

6. "John Boehner: Raise Social Security Retirement Age to 70," CBS News, June 29, 2010

7. "James Clyburn Supports Means Testing for Social Security," Firedoglake, May 28, 2010

8. "Deficits and Economic Recovery," Campaign for America's Future, August 12, 2010

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