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Social Security benefit cuts are part of the emerging fiscal showdown deal.1 But the deal includes only $10 billion in cuts to the bloated annual Pentagon budget! (Sometimes presented as $100 billion "over 10 years.")

This is unacceptable. And we need to make our voices heard NOW.

Help us send a clear message to the White House and Congress: Don’t cut Social Security to pay for Pentagon pork!

The so-called Chained CPI adjustment, the terrible idea with the terrible name, would reduce payments that America's seniors earned, paid in, and rely on to survive. Social Security benefits average less than $15,000 a year, and nearly 40% of seniors rely on Social Security for more than 90% of their income.2

Social Security benefits should be off the table.  Social Security doesn’t add a nickel to the deficit and there’s much more than $10 billion to cut from the Pentagon.

The United States spends over $600 billion a year on the "Defense Department," and well over $1 trillion on military spending across all departments.  That's about as much as the rest of the world's nations combined.

How we spend our resources is just as important as how much we spend.  Click here to join USAction and RootsAction today: Don’t cut Social Security to fund war profiteers!

We know we’re facing an uphill battle. In his parting address, President Eisenhower warned us against an entrenched military industrial complex — and boy was he right.

Pentagon contractor CEOs making up to $26 million a year are lobbying their friends in Washington to protect their corporate profits at the expense of everyone else.

Enough is enough. Click here to send a clear message to the White House and Congress that they were elected to represent people, not the Pentagon's corporations.

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1 Associated Press: New Obama Offer Moves Toward Boehner
2 Richard Kirsch: Stay Progressive in the Fiscal Showdown Talks

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