Conservatives are discussing poverty and inequality more and more, but what are they really saying? Melissa Boteach of the Center for American Progress breaks down the Republicans’ anti-poverty rhetoric, showing that it is just a coded way to justify the same old policies aimed at cutting education, health care and affordable housing.
Eighty years ago this month, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the Social Security Act. However, the program has been under constant attack ever since Republicans took control of the U.S. House of Representatives.
As we celebrate Social Security’s 80th anniversary, we need to tell the Republican-controlled Congress to stop trying to dismantle this essential program.
Social Security is a promise to Americans that if you work hard and pay into the system, you will have some financial security when you retire. Republicans are trying to break that promise.
Social Security has kept millions of seniors from living in poverty. By attacking Social Security, Republicans are threatening some of our most vulnerable seniors.
Join us in opposing any cuts to Social Security and telling Republicans we expect them to protect the program, not attack it.
Tell Republicans to Stop Attacking Social Security
The next election will undoubtedly be the most expensive ever, now that Super PACs are involved in almost every federal race. And those Super PACs dominate today’s electoral climate because of the disastrous Supreme Court Citizens United decision that allows billions of dollars into our democratic process.
Our elections should be for the people, not bought by corporations that don’t even have to disclose their financial involvement.
That is why we are calling on Congress to support a constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United.
Sign on to urge Congress to end Citizens United with a constitutional amendment:
New York Mayor Bill de Blasio, Senator Jeff Merkley of Oregon and a coalition of progressive leaders launched The Progressive Agenda to Combat Income Inequality, kicking off a campaign to ensure progressive voices are heard throughout the 2016 election cycle.
At the core of The Progressive Agenda is the principle that our economy must work for all Americans, not just the super-wealthy.
“The Progressive Agenda comes down to a very simple concept – we need to reward work again,” said de Blasio. “We need to reward work, not wealth.”
To address the pressures faced by working families, the agenda focuses on raising wages, lowering the cost of child care and higher education, and pursuing tax fairness that will put more money in the pockets of working families while ensuring that the wealthiest pay their fair share.
“We need a strong foundation for every child and every working family to thrive,” said Merkley. “To do this, we need to restore an economy that works for working Americans.”
The Progressive Agenda
To Lift the Floor for Working People
1. Raise the federal minimum wage, so that it reaches $15/hour, while indexing it to inflation.
2. Reform the National Labor Relations Act, to enhance workers’ right to organize and rebuild the middle class.
3. Pass comprehensive immigration reform to grow the economy and protect against exploitation of low-wage workers.
4. Oppose trade deals that hand more power to corporations at the expense of American jobs, workers’ rights, and the environment.
To Support Working Families
5. Pass national paid sick leave.
6. Pass national paid family leave.
7. Make Pre-K, after-school programs and childcare universal.
8. Expand the Earned Income Tax Credit.
9. Allow students to refinance student loan debt to take advantage of lower interest rates.
To Ensure Tax Fairness
10. Close the carried interest loophole.
11. End tax breaks for companies that ship jobs overseas.
12. Implement the “Buffett Rule” so millionaires pay their fair share.
13. Close the CEO tax loophole that allows corporations to take advantage of “performance pay” write-offs.
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