Thanksgiving dinner was a smashing success – a beautiful turkey, all the trimmings and I am, today, properly – ahem, stuffed. Thank you all for your lovely greetings yesterday.
Black Friday holds no charms for me. Shopping has never been among my interests and even more, I abhor crowds. One of the advantages of retirement is that any necessary purchases can be made when most other people are not in the stores.
In his Gray Matters column tomorrow, Saul Friedman will argue against the billionaires and politicians who want to destroy Social Security. One of the most common questions here on the this blog and elsewhere from those who know better is, “What can I do?”
The National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare has come up with one answer for us. They have named next Tuesday 30 November, National Call Congress Day.
“Plans like Bowles/Simpson,” writes the NCPSSM on their blog, Entitled to Know, “are being pushed by fiscal hawks in the media and in television ad campaigns as the only way to fiscal solvency while ignoring other options like Rep. Jan Schakowsky’s plan, which actually takes the economic realities facing working Americans into consideration.
November 30 is the day before President Obama's deficit commission issues its final report – that's the one chaired by Alan Simpson and Erskine Bowles - so, as the NCPSSM notes, it is a
“...perfect opportunity to let your representatives in Washington know that cutting Social Security and Medicare benefits is a one-way ticket to economic and political ruin.”
To help us do that, the NCPSSM is setting up a toll-free Legislative Hotline for National Call Congress Day on November 30 that will connect you directly with your congressional representatives:
Save that number for next Tuesday and there is plenty of time for you to pass the word on your own blogs and telephone other friends and relatives too. Don't forget the younger ones – they are the people who would be most adversely affected by cuts in these programs.
I urge you to do this. I know from conversations with aides to Senator Harry Reid that all phone calls to representatives and senators are tracked and counted so the more of us who telephone on Tuesday, the greater the impact.
At The Elder Storytelling Place today: Steve Kemp: A True Story