Hi all! I just want to share with you some political news I got in my e-mail. I want to caution readers in that I don’t know if the proposed cuts in Social Security by the President would affect the disabled, but I am worried about that. I also do not think it is fair for seniors either since many of them can barely scrape by. There is a new proposal that may help fix the problem.

closeup of US Social Security cards

closeup of US Social Security cards (Photo credit: SalFalko)

Here is the e-mail I received:

With corporations cutting worker pensions, our grandparents and veterans need Social Security more — not less.

Nobel Prize-winning economist Paul Krugman says we should increase them. Senators Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) and Mark Begich (D-Alaska) agree. Even better, they’re doing something about it.

Can you sign our petition in support of Harkin and Begich’s bills that would EXPAND Social Security benefits? Click here.

Sens. Harkin and Begich will be on MSNBC’s Ed Show this Saturday at 5pm Eastern to discuss this bold proposal.

Unlike the president’s proposal to cut Social Security benefits, Harkin and Begich would give a worker $452 more per year by age 75 and $807 more by age 85.

And they would make millionaires and billionaires pay their fair share by “scrapping the cap” on what wealthy people pay into Social Security. This would pay for the benefit expansion and extend Social Security’s solvency for decades.

Can you sign the petition in favor of expanding Social Security benefits?

We’re working directly with Senators Harkin and Begich to move these bills forward.

This petition and this weekend’s Ed Show appearance are the first steps. Then come calls to Congress, local press conferences, and the release of poll numbers showing the popularity of this proposal.

It’s time for progressives to play offense. That’s what we’re doing. Join the fight!

— Stephanie Taylor, Adam Green, Kimberly Fountain, and the PCCC team