Liberal groups urge Massachusetts’ congressional delegation to avoid slashing social services while working on fiscal cliff


MassLive.com has the article Liberal groups urge Massachusetts’ congressional delegation to avoid slashing social services while working on fiscal cliff. Thanks to BillM for bringing this article to my attention.

 Liberal organizing groups in Massachusetts are putting pressure on members of Congress to avoid cutting social services and entitlement programs. But at the same time, the members of Congress will face competing pressures from other local and national groups – to avoid sharp cuts to industries such as defense and health care that are vital to Massachusetts’ economy and to look out for taxpayers’ interests.

“We’re saying hold the 1 to 2 percent accountable, increase their taxes, invest in proper jobs and most importantly don’t cut Social Security,” said Steven Tolman, president of the Massachusetts AFL-CIO, which delivered petitions making that argument to Massachusetts U.S. Sens. John Kerry, a Democrat, and Scott Brown, a Republican.

This is the kind of activity that I have been saying since the election that we all need to encourage and support.

There will be lots of pressure from lobbyists on our politicians to do the opposite of what we need.  The next election is too far away for it to be on the minds of our politicians.  It is essential that the politicians are constantly reminded that we  can bring pressure to bear too.

With the advent of the internet we all have many more options for making our voices heard.  We need to use these options as individuals and as groups.  This is not the time to think that the election ends your roll in government until the next election.

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