Tell Democrats: Defend the social safety net

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President Obama and Congressional Democrats are about to gut the social safety net and entrench record levels of inequality for decades to come -- and they've got absolutely no reason to do so. No deal is better than a bad deal. Tell President Obama and Congressional Democrats to reject the right wing's "fiscal cliff" scare tactics and deliver on the promises they made to protect our communities.

Here's the letter we'll send to President Obama and Congressional Democrats. You can add a personal comment using the box to the right.

Dear President Obama and Congressional Democrats,

No deal would be better than a bad deal.

The current debate over the so-called "fiscal cliff" is just the latest in a long string of GOP-manufactured crises designed to whip up public hysteria and put the Democrats on the defensive. I urge you to reject the right wing's "fiscal cliff" scare tactics and keep your promise to preserve the social safety net.

Democratic offers to strike an alternative budget deal and avoid the "fiscal cliff" have demonstrated a willingness to continue balancing the budget on the backs of the poor. No previous Democratic president has agreed to cut Social Security. And the presidential election delivered Democrats a solid mandate to ensure the wealthiest 2% pay their fair share of taxes. Turning your backs on these commitments to basic fairness can only serve to deepen economic inequalities Black families have experienced for decades.

Don't settle for a bad deal that both doubles down on decades of failed tax policy favoring the super-rich and punishes our communities for a deficit we didn't create. Please stand up for our communities and protect the social safety net. 


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