by Pablo Ros | December 05, 2012
Today, AFSCME members from across the country will contact their representatives in Congress by the tens, even hundreds of thousands, to help them make the call on budget and deficit reduction.
Their message will be simple: 1. Let the Bush tax cuts expire for the top 2 percent and make the wealthy pay their fair share; and 2. Make no cuts to Medicare, Medicaid or Social Security that raise costs for recipients or shift costs to states.
President Obama is negotiating with leaders in Congress to reduce the deficit before the end of the year. Some politicians are trying to scare the public about falling off a “fiscal cliff” so they can slash Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security.
Unlike the richest 2 percent, working families have paid more than their fair share to keep this country moving forward. And if politicians in Washington are going to keep talking about “shared sacrifice,” then they should end the Bush tax cuts for the wealthiest instead of letting them off the hook.
AFSCME and more than a dozen other labor organizations, community allies and coalition partners are pulling together to generate calls in all 50 states and make the voices of working families heard. After a hard-won election, we cannot afford to sit back and lose our momentum.
We worked hard in this year’s elections to elect representatives who said they would stand up for working families, and now our leaders need to do just that. And just as every vote counts, so does every phone call. Make your voice heard again.
Visit AFSCME.org/jobs-not-cuts to call your representative, or dial 888-979-9580.