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Demo Outside Deficit Commissioners' Speech in Monterey

by Mei Bo Chan
Erskine Bowles and Alan Simpson...Both of these men are extremely wealthy and can afford to live out their retirement in luxury, yet they continue to attack Social Security, the program that working people paid into and rely on. They have admitted recently that Social Security is NOT responsible for the deficit. So why are they continuing to talk about dismantling it? Demonstrators in Monterey, California asked just that question as they defended Social Security outside the Panetta Institute on President's Day 2011.
Last summer, in a letter responding to criticisms against him from the Older Women's League, Alan Simpson wrote, "Yes, I've made some plenty smart cracks about people on Social Security who milk it to the last degree. You know 'em too. It's the same with any system in America. We've reached a point now where it's like a milk cow with 310 million tits!"*

Simpson's comments make us wonder about his claim that he is trying to "protect" Social Security. Despite an apology (of sorts) for his statement, he made it clear that he has no idea what working people really live like.

Here are the facts:

• The average Social Security beneficiary in America receives $13,900 annually.

• The average for older women receives approximately $11,000 each year.

• If the Commission decides to cut these benefits, older adults, widows, children who have lost their parents and people with disabilities will suffer.


**Facts on Social Security from the Older Women's League.

§B.S. Inside: Bring A Shovel
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Demonstrators said that the B in Bowles and The S in Simpson spell out B.S.
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Social Security Under Attack!
What do we do?
Stand Up, Fight Back!
§B.S. sign
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§Lining Up at the Entrance to the Forum
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§Singing and Chanting
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§Who Does Obama Want to Please Today?
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Demonstrators said they plan to hold Obama to his promise to keep Social Security Safe from plans like those of Bowles and Simpson; some were obviously worried.
§A sign
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§Two speakers at the rally outside the event
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Young and old say "Save Social Security for Now and For Always".
§Michael Lyon of the Gray Panthers addresses the demonstrators
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§Passing out fliers to well-off attendees
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§at 7pm
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as the speech began inside, demonstrators listened via radio
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