After some juvenile attempts at oneupsmanship between President Barack Obama and House Speaker John Boehner on Wednesday, the president caved again and will deliver his big jobs speech to a joint session of Congress on Thursday 8 September instead of the day before as he originally intended.
It is expected that in the same speech, or perhaps separately, he will ask the Congressional supercommittee to consider his proposal to cut the federal deficit by $1.5 trillion.
In July, Obama called for $650 billion in cuts to Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid. These included a reduction in the Social Security cost-of-living adjustment which would affect current beneficiaries; raising the age for eligibility for Medicare from 65 to 67; and deep cuts to Medicaid.
On the other hand, the president has stated unequivocably that Social Security is not a cause of the federal deficit or debt. He has also said that Social Security is a “sacred trust that must be passed down from one generation to the next.”
Here is a new video from the good folks at Strengthen Social Security reminding the president of his better instincts:
Ever since this Congress was installed in January 2011, there has been a barrage of threats to Social Security and Medicare. It isn’t nice to keep elders, most of whom live with tight budgets, on pins and needles about what changes are coming and leave them to worry about what it will cost them.
You can help, before the speech next week, by signing this petition at Strengthen Social Security. You could also post this video on your blog to reach more people.
No new post at The Elder Storytelling Place today. More next week after the Monday holiday.