Pete Peterson’s Social Security and Medicare Wrecking Crew
is coming to San Francisco Thursday, Sept. 23 at 5 PM.
Let’s Give Them the Welcome They Deserve!
Thursday, September 23, 5 PM
595 Market St. (at 2nd St., Montgomery BART, see map)
More information: call CARA at 510-663-4086, or M. Lyon at 415-215-7575
Please join us for a rally outside the Commonwealth Club at 5 PM. Bring signs and banners. Those able to purchase a ticket to the presentation and go inside, please do so. The reception is at 5:30 PM, the program starts at 6 PM.
The Peter G. Peterson Foundation and the Concord Coalition, right-wing think tanks that have railed against Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid for years, are beginning a national “Fiscal Solutions Tour” to push their story. “After our financial and policy wizards have whisked away the temporary problems of unemployment, deflation, and war, there will be new, deep fiscal problems that will threaten America’s economy and even its national security. To solve these problems, seniors, people with disabilities, and the poor must give up Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid.” Lies! These are the country’s most successful, popular, and life-sustaining social programs. We’ve already paid into them. They are not failing. We will not give them up!
Peterson tried to stampede us into demanding these cuts last June, with “America Speaks,” nineteen razzle-dazzle Town Hall meetings held simultaneously across the country, and inter-connected by closed-circuit TV. It completely backfired. Though participants were given slanted background materials and slanted choices, they rejected cuts to social programs, endorsed higher taxes on the rich, demanded single-payer healthcare, and demanded huge military cuts.
Peterson’s “Fiscal Solutions Tour” is another try at pushing the same message under more controlled surroundings. Let’s give him the same message: Hands Off Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid!
Speakers: Robert Bixby, executive director of the Concord Coalition; David M. Walker, president and CEO of the Peter G. Peterson Foundation; Isabel Sawhill, senior fellow in economic studies, Brookings Institution; Michael Boskin, senior fellow at the Hoover Institution and Stanford economics professor; and Tom Campbell, former congressman (moderator).
Admission: $12 for Club members, $20 for nonmembers and $7 for students. For tickets, go to commonwealthclub.org or call (415) 597-6705.
See the Sept 17 SF Chronicle piece promoting this event.
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