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National Town Meeting on June 26th‏

Posted in AmericaSpeaks, Entitlements, Fiscal Commission, National Town Meeting, Peter G. Peterson, Peterson Foundation by Alliance for Democracy Portland OR on June 21, 2010

Please see hearing notice below for a National Town Meeting in Portland next Saturday to discuss America’s fiscal challenges. And let’s be clear.  They are not talking about the fiscal challenge brought on by the financial meltdown, the tax cuts for the rich that Pres. Bush enacted, the obscene military budget or the costs of the two imperialist wars America is engaged in now (Iraq and Afghanistan).  No, they are talking about the fiscal challenges bought on by the “entitlements”, programs like healthcare, Medicare and Social Security. These National Town Meetings are being organized in part by the Peter G. Peterson Foundation.  Mr. Peterson has been a leading advocate for cutting Medicare and Social Security benefit for over a decade and he and his foundation were the chief sponsors behind the “documentary” I.O.U.S.A. –  One Nation. Under Stress. In Debt. whose principle purpose was to scare people into thinking that most important American problem is the mounting American debt. If the most pressing problem is debt, then the solution to our other problems (a population without medical care for all, severe unemployment, deteriorating infrastructure, need for clean energy sources etc) cannot be to spend more.  Instead the answer must be in spending less, in balancing the budget and cutting “entitlements.” Please see the email below the Town Meeting notice for the view of the All Unions Committee For Single Payer Health Care–HR 676.  Then plan on going to the Town Meeting and presenting a more balanced view of the People’s Priorities – no cuts to Social Security, no cuts to Medicare, full funding of social services and higher education, extend unemployment benefits etc. If I hear of anyone organizing a protest of this Town Meeting, I will pass that info on.  If you learn about something about I do, please let me know. 

David e. Delk, Alliance for Democracy – Portland Chapter


Register Today for the National Town Meeting

Be part of the discussion about solutions to America’s fiscal challenges

National Town Meeting Locations

On Saturday, June 26, citizens in Portland will participate in a national discussion about our federal budget – and you can be a part of it. You’re invited to attend AmericaSpeaks: Our Budget, Our Economy – The National Town Meeting.
Register and learn more about the upcoming National Town Meeting.Portland will be one of 19 places where simultaneous meetings on the budget and economy will be held. All across the country, thousands of Americans will be connected live via satellite video, webcast and interactive technologies to find common ground on tough choices about our federal budget. The meeting is organized by AmericaSpeaks, a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization with the mission to reinvigorate American democracy.The National Town Meeting is made possible by generous contributions from the Peter G. Peterson Foundation, W.K. Kellogg Foundation, and the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.

Don’t miss this extraordinary opportunity to connect to other concerned Americans right in your town. Learn more about the event and register today.



Hands Off Social Security and Medicare. Make Wall Street Pay.Medicare: Protect it, Improve it, and Expand it to All! 

On Saturday, June 26 in 20 cities, America Speaks, funded by billionaire Pete Peterson’s Foundation, will be holding one day “discussions” to preach about the dangers of “the deficit”. These events are nothing more than efforts to soften up the public to accept Medicare and Social Security cuts when the deficit commission reports before December 1. These articles have more detailed information: 

http://www.thenation.com/article/whacking-old-folks
http://www.niemanwatchdog.org/index.cfm?fuseaction=ask_this.view&askthisid=456
http://tinyurl.com/34e8jjh
http://blog.aflcio.org/2010/05/26/wall-street-propaganda-blame-social-security/ 

We urge you to attend and speak up boldly at these America Speaks events which are open to the public at no charge. Check here to see if there is one in your city and to sign up. http://tinyurl.com/367gwjy 

There will be protests outside many of the June 26 meetings to demand “Hands off Social Security and Medicare—Make Wall Street Pay.” Below is the press release for the protest rally that will be held in Louisville. If there is one near you, join it! 

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NEWS: Immediate Release 

Hands Off Medicare and Social Security 

Louisville activist groups interested in preserving Medicare and Social Security programs are protesting the aims of the AmericaSpeaks “town meeting” to be held Saturday, at the Gheens Academy in South Louisville. 

Kay Tillow, head of the Kentuckians for Single Payer Healthcare (KSPH), said yesterday that AmericaSpeaks events being held across the nation June 26 are being funded by right-wing foundations wanting to curtail federal retirement programs. 

“It appears that AmericaSpeaks wants to shape the national discussion so it can provide feedback to the President’s newly appointed Fiscal Commission, an 18-member group charged with giving Congress a report next December on how to reduce the national deficit,” Tillow said. “But the commission is stacked heavily in favor of slashing benefits in both Pete Medicare and Social Security. On top of that, the  ommission’s staff is being provided by Wall Street billionaire Pete Peterson’s  oundation, which is also funding the America Speaks event. For decades Peterson has been trying to privatize or get rid of Social Security.” 

KSPH spokesperson Harriette Seiler said that a public rally is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. Saturday outside the Gheens Academy, 4425 Preston Highway. Anyone from the public who wants to preserve Social Security and protect Medicare is invited, Seiler said. 

KSPH is working with two national organizations–Social Security Works socialsecurity-works.org) and Healthcare-NOW (healthcare-now.org), besides various labor leaders. 

These groups contend that conservative organizations are spending more than one billion dollars to convince the public that slashing these programs is the only way to protect our children and grandchildren from poverty. 

KSPH’s Seiler points out that Social Security has not contributed one dime to the nation’s deficit. In fact, it has accumulated a massive surplus of $2.5 trillion from many decades of workers paying into the system from every paycheck, she said. 

As for Medicare’s financial troubles, Seiler said that they are quite fixable without any reduction of benefits. “For 40 years Medicare’s critics have warned of impending doom for the program but it always gets repaired. Here’s our suggested fix: Eliminate the massive waste and expense caused by the private for profit insurance companies. Put the savings into Medicare–protect it, improve it, and expand it to all.” 

Protest rally: 10:30- 11:30 AM, Saturday, June 26, 2010
Place: Gheens Academy, 4425 Preston Highway, Louisville, KY 40213
CONTACT: nursenpo@aol.com 

Distributed by:
All Unions Committee For Single Payer Health Care–HR 676
c/o Nurses Professional Organization (NPO)
1169 Eastern Parkway, Suite 2218
Louisville, KY 40217
(502) 636 1551
Email: nursenpo@aol.com
http://unionsforsinglepayerHR676.org
06/21/10 

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