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Protest at the B.S. Talk: Bowles/Simpson Plan to Gut Social Security
by Mei Bo Chan
Tuesday Feb 22nd, 2011 2:48 AM
This year on Presidents Day Erskine Bowles and Alan Simpson, co-chairs of the President's Deficit Commission, were featured speakers at the Panetta Institute for Public Policy at the Monterey Conference Center. Demonstrators said the duo is out to "gut" Social Security; they gathered outside the forum to protest the speakers' position.
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Erskine Bowles and Alan Simpson's proposals to raise the retirement age, tax benefits, means-test Social Security benefits, and privatize the program are all moving forward in the new Congress, even though they did not have the 14 votes to pass their plan of action through the Deficit Commission.

The California Alliance for Retired Americans (CARA) and the Monterey Central Labor Council (MCLC) jumped on the rare chance to confront Bowles and Simpson, who are leading the charge to undermine Social Security for future generations. Saying, "We cannot let this opportunity pass without making our voices known", organizers at CARA and MCLC gathered allies from a number of organizations and spent a most significant Presidents Day sending their message about defending Social Security to all who would listen.

As well-heeled attendees entered 1 Portola Plaza to hear Simpson and Bowles speak, members of groups including Senior Action Network, CARA, and the Raging Grannies chanted "No Privatization, No Way!" Two of the Raging Grannies, sporting cravats and business suits, portrayed Bowles and Simpson shoveling B.S. into a bucket.

NMCFT (North Monterey County Federation of Teachers) and the CFT/AFT (California Federation of Teachers/American Federation of Teachers) displayed signs at the demonstration and the AFL-CIO was instrumental in organizing. CARA organizer Jodi Reid gave a shout out to the California Nurses Association as well.



§On the way from San Jose
by Mei Bo Chan Tuesday Feb 22nd, 2011 2:48 AM
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§Help tie-ing a tie
by Mei Bo Chan Tuesday Feb 22nd, 2011 2:48 AM
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Raging Granny at right gets some help with her Alan Simpson costume
§Dusk at the Conference Center
by Mei Bo Chan Tuesday Feb 22nd, 2011 2:48 AM
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It was 6pm and getting dark when the protesters arrived.
§Able emcee
by Mei Bo Chan Tuesday Feb 22nd, 2011 2:48 AM
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§Bowles + Simpson = B.S.
by Mei Bo Chan Tuesday Feb 22nd, 2011 2:48 AM
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§fliering as people enter
by Mei Bo Chan Tuesday Feb 22nd, 2011 2:48 AM
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§Raging Grannies
by Mei Bo Chan Tuesday Feb 22nd, 2011 2:48 AM
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§Hene Kelly Leads Chants
by Mei Bo Chan Tuesday Feb 22nd, 2011 2:48 AM
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§Speaker from Labor Center
by Mei Bo Chan Tuesday Feb 22nd, 2011 2:48 AM
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§Bowles and Simpson Portrayed at Left
by Mei Bo Chan Tuesday Feb 22nd, 2011 2:48 AM
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With a bucket of B.S. and shovel too
§The obvious answer
by Mei Bo Chan Tuesday Feb 22nd, 2011 2:48 AM
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Scrap the Cap on FICA contributions. Let the wealthy pay their share!

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