As I mentioned recently, I sometimes feel like you must see me as Chicken Little when I repeatedly ask you to write or telephone Congress and the White House. I've done that two or three times just during all the recent fiscal cliff hoo-haw.
House Speaker John Boehner just gave up on those talks before leaving Washington and nothing much has happened since. I'm actually pleased about that and enjoying the rest.
I thought you might want to know some of the results of your calling and writing and this below is from an email sent out from the National Committee to Preserver Social Security and Medicare (NCPSSM):
”On December 5, 2012, the National Committee joined advocates from dozens of other national senior groups across the nation in a Congressional Call-In Day, when seniors flooded Congress with calls reminding them that Americans of all ages and political parties do not support cutting middle-class benefits to pay for deficit reduction.
“If you were one of the tens of thousands of callers to flood the Congressional Switchboard urging lawmakers to protect earned benefits, thank you for your participation. Some of our members even reported receiving a busy signal and had to keep calling!
“Participants also sent emails and posted comments about National Call-In Day on Facebook and Twitter to drive home the message:
“This National Call-In Day is just one of many deficit debate mobilizations being led by the National Committee. Thanks to your support, we’ve delivered more than 100,000 letters to the House urging no cuts to earned benefits.
“And 65,000 petitions were delivered to the Senate at a Capitol Hill event.
“National Committee grassroots volunteers are visiting Congressional district offices in targeted states.
“And in Washington, the National Committee continues to meet with key leaders in the deficit debate urging no cuts to Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid.”
Undoubtedly, I will be asking you to help in this manner again during 2013. Please remember that even if you know your representative or senator will not budge from whatever position he/she holds, the number of calls received in every Congressional office is tallied. So your call, email or letter is always important.
Now let's get back to taking a rest until next year. I suspect we need to store up energy for the continued fight.