Markey Campaigns Against President’s Proposed Social Security Cuts
The Senate campaign in Massachusetts will be close and hard fought. Ed Markey, the winner of the Democratic primary, knows he has to run a bare-knuckled, knock down, full bore campaign to win. So it is notable that one of the first appeals to his supporters is to enlist them in telling the president that they oppose his proposal to cut Social Security benefits through the so-called chained CPI. Markey clearly realizes the president’s proposal is electoral poison — and wants to get ahead of any Republican effort to link him to the president on this issue. Democrats across the Congress would do well to take note. Here’s the Markey letter
This is it. Senate Republicans want to vote this week to close hospitals, shutter nursing homes, abandon babies at birth, force older workers off care, and leave the disabled without services.. We can stop them, if we act now.
The efforts to build an independent capacity to recruit, train, and support populist candidates up and down the ticket should be redoubled. The push to crystallize a bold agenda for change and debate it across the country is vital.
The debate within the Democratic Party isn’t a diversion or a liability; it is a necessary step on the road to recovery. Progressives have energy, passion, and a bold agenda for change. Isn’t it time to debate ideas and strategy?
About Robert Borosage
Robert L. Borosage is the founder and president of the Institute for America’s Future and co-director of its sister organization, the Campaign for America’s Future. The organizations were launched by 100 prominent Americans to develop the policies, message and issue campaigns to help forge an enduring majority for progressive change in America.
Mr. Borosage writes widely on political, economic and national security issues. He is a Contributing Editor at The Nation magazine, and a regular blogger at The Huffington Post. His articles have appeared in The American Prospect, The Washington Post,Tthe New York Times and the Philadelphia Inquirer. He edits the Campaign’s Making Sense issues guides, and is co-editor of Taking Back America (with Katrina Vanden Heuvel) and The Next Agenda (with Roger Hickey).