Saturday, April 8, 2017


Revised April 9, 2017




From: Michael Phelan, Social Security Works
Subject: The biggest Social Security expansion bill yet*

Every day I sort and purge a deluge of email as the one I cite above. It seems at least a dozen emanate from various websites and organizations united, standing up for what is both admirable causes and truth in government.

One of which is that is worthy of your attention if not your direct support. The fight at the front is within Congress. They find that there is the unseen agenda of a dominant Republican Congress with an end goal to dismantle your Social Security under stealth of the Trump White House.

The majority of the pleas to sign a petition in support sent via email are what can be considered “signature worthy.”

However, with this specific request beyond adding my name in support, I took full advantage of their “comments” box to expose my opinion. (The text is contained within this blog piece).

They are diligently working to bring on board Democratic members of Congress who are undecided or leaning to the right. They need our prodding.

Social Security Works is championing life changing legislation known as
the Social Security 2100 Act that has 157 co-sponsors or more than 80% of the House Democratic caucus. The move among the organization is to achieve 100% Democratic support prior to any battle with the economic conservative right in Congress.

To those who reluctant Democrats who have not signed on they must reflect on economic reality today and the unethical practice of those who oppose Social Security in part or in whole.

Democrats, Republicans and those who have been at the top of our most wealthy must pause to reflect that these benefits have become a 90-year sacred trust with Americans. "Walk a mile in your neighbor's shoes."

Go live among the poor and your declining middle-class people you represent. The profit before people climate they embrace has become so one-sided, it is "immoral" in the eyes of all religions and anyone who claim to embrace empathy and compassion.

One TRUTH is Social Security is here to stay! Your constituents will demand it. They will demand expansion in lowering retirement age and increasing minimum and raising all benefits.

Our future economic prosperity requires that ordinary Americans share in the profits over decades as a Fair Deal. Only lifting the cap on FICA taxes entirely will move SSA toward solvency at no cost to those highest wage earners at the top.

Any of those among the most fiscal conservatives iterate their basic argument that entitlements must be subject to funding cuts or a sudden death simply unwittingly mislead or deliberately deceive an enlightened populace. They fail to mention that those of the most wealthy, the CEO and executives who will be subjected to “paying their fair share” or more will react as they “offset” any loss through one simple solution. They "raise salaries and privileged benefits" to obscure any and all increase in their taxes. They fool no one.

The most wealthy have a moral obligation to reward all of those who have elevated them to the top. There are numerous facts and reasons to list in supporting an expansion in benefits will save our prosperity.

Let those who waver in support, let those who fail to meet their responsibility to the voters who empower them with a sacred trust return to the poorest districts and Counties in their States and spend the privilege of the time they all enjoy whenever Congressional is in recess and return to reality of America, not Washington, D.C.

“We the People” Should Dare Congress

If I had one idea that I wish and pray were come to pass is one where the majority of Americans could rally behind and bring to fruition. Americans must demand an exercise unique to democracy and hold our leaders accountable without influence. It is time America reveal the true nature of their character and courage to stand up to outside influence of a Foreign power and that of a privileged billionaire class.

Now is the time for a new generation to measure the moral compass of every seat in Congress. America should demand a vetting process unlike that applied to Trump's cabinet. Some suggestions are detailed below.

Let our Representatives in Congress enter into a pact with their own electorate and prove they have “the interest of the American people” at heart. Let them shed the privileges of lofty position. Let them come home to McDowell County, W. Virginia, let them live with the jeopardy of unsafe drinking water for their children as those in Flint, MI fear every single day. Let them live in any of the core cities across the land and live the "reality of the high-tech revolution where the eminent survival and the future of children is nothing more than the collateral damage inflicted by an economy embedded in greed fueled by a religious dogma where profit is the end-all for success.

 Our Reality is that the American Dream has no recognizable “family values” plays out everyday enslaving a majority, deconstructing the middle class to a point of near extinction. All of which is blatantly carried out by a small minority of the privileged among us.  The wealthiest two percent ensure their future afforded them through the inequitable tax system.  

Over time, the wealthy money changers have employed a system of protection guided by financial and corporate interests who employ covert agents (lobbyists and the manipulators of Wall Street) who remain unrestrained by law, fill their coffers at the expense of all who multiple jobs at lower wages, without job security and protection. The paradigm of American business is “do more with less” at an inadequate minimum wage our Congress would never accept. But, they would have you believe when they campaign on a falsehood they are self-made. The truth for many is their success is only possible through inherent privilege.

Let these modern plantation owners spread horizontally or in the skyscrapers covered by clouds, work multiple jobs, long hours and the indignity where overtime pay is treated as mere fantasy and deemed as sin to a system where Citizens United is the dogma.

The conservative opposition must undergo an epiphany where the inadequate or denial of affordable health care plan (one Medicare can provide both quality and cost efficiency) is the rule, not “alt-facts” they adhere.  Conservatives must come to a realization that it is an absurdity that common Americans can save for retirement or set aside funds in a medical savings account.
One scenario (or for sake of example) is to contemplate that for our politicians such as Sen. Mitch McConnell, return to those Counties in coal mining areas of his beloved Kentucky. Demand others such as Speaker Paul Ryan come to W. Virginia and acknowledge the plight of their proud and courageous citizens forgotten in McDowell County.

Americans want to witness Speaker Ryan look directly in the eyes of every resident admitting "wealth-care" was ill-conceived and immoral. Let Speaker Ryan reflect, perform a self-examination (fitting with this Holy Week, guided by his own Faith) and swear support for a Single-Payee Health Care Act for all as a right of citizenship.

The two majority leaders should live their own reality. They should strip himself of any and all privilege afforded him. Let Mitch McConnell live in the same substandard housing, wear the modest clothing, work in the same coal mines, go chose between food or medical care and the reality of those he is sworn to serve. Let Congress prove their loyalty and that no outside special interest, Foreign or domestic controls the outcome of their vote.

Upon experiencing in mind and body several of these repentant retreats, the reality check and soulful reflection then return to Washington and dare to oppose these programs. They take credit for the rallying cry of "Family Values" but fail to walk the walk.

As a reminder, they should be compelled to wear the "shoes of others" for a period of time to a point they are tattered, worn and torn. As many poor among us, make them wear the boots of the coal miner or those migrant farmers who gather their produce. Or, what of the muddied shoes of the fisherman, the heavy steel toe of iron workers or those on the assembly line. It may be extreme, but how about shuffling the streets like that of the homeless.

Let these legislators of the law that benefit all of America stand on the floor of the respective houses of Congress and put forth if they dare, their argument to protect the wealthy who have no need and argue against popular moral reform to restore dignity and financial stature to all Americans.

Let them stand naked (metaphorically) and continue to spew forth the tired and flawed arguments and display their hypocrisy for all of the nation and the world to witness.

And in the end, let these same over privileged and under the influence, drunk with power and driven by special interests dare to seek re-election.

*In response and support for Social Security

To: Alex Lawson, Michael Phelan, Social Security Works
Subject: The biggest Social Security expansion bill yet