RNs Won’t Endorse Politicians who Vote to Cut Social Security

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RNs Won’t Endorse Politicians who Vote to Cut Social Security Kristin Belford 4/17/11 10:10 AM
Nurses to President Obama: Don’t Cut Healthcare, Retirement; Raise
Corporate Taxes, End Wars
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April 12, 2011

RNs Won’t Endorse Politicians who Vote to Cut Social Security

In advance of President Obama’s speech Wednesday on the budget
deficit, the nation’s largest union and professional association of
nurses today called on the President to oppose any cuts in Medicare,
Medicaid, and Social Security – and strengthen the nation’s economy by
restoring fair taxes on corporations and the super-rich, ending the
wars, and creating good paying jobs.

“America is not broke, it’s just deficient in political courage and
leadership,” said Jean Ross, RN, co-president of the 160,000-member
National Nurses United. “It’s time to tell Wall Street and the
politicians they finance in Washington and state governments that the
American people have sacrificed enough. There can be no more cuts in
healthcare programs for seniors, the disabled, and the disadvantaged,
and no reductions in retirement security.”

NNU’s national executive board recently passed a resolution stating
that it will not endorse any federal candidate in 2012, from the
President to Congress, who votes to cut Social Security.

“We expect the President and our elected leaders in Congress to stand
up, and protect our most basic safety net programs, which start with
Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid,” said Ross. “For 30 years,
we’ve seen a massive shift of our nation’s wealth and resources
transferred from Main Street to the executive suites. The result,
record profits, and unbridled corporate corruption and thievery, while
wages for working people stagnate, and income and health insecurity
soar.”

If the President and the Democrats want to cut the deficit, said Ross,
they should end the wars in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Libya, reduce
military spending, close all the corporate tax schemes that have
allowed more than 40 percent of corporations to avoid taxes, restore a
fair tax system, and re-invest in America to create good paying jobs
in the U.S., not China or India.

NNU is also calling for a Main Street Contract for the American
People, a second bill of rights, that includes jobs at living wages,
guaranteed healthcare for all, a secure retirement, a safe and healthy
environment, a secure retirement for everyone, and respect for union
rights.

Republican proposals to privatize Medicare, slash Medicaid, and make
further deep cuts in safety net programs are “obviously
reprehensible,” said Ross. “But without real leadership from the other
party and the White House, and a clear road map for an alternative
vision, these mean spirited proposals, and continued handouts for the
wealthy and corporate elites, will surely follow. It’s time for the
President to stand up for the working people of this country, not the
corporations which brought us an economic tsunami.”

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