One Pittsburgh activists weathered the cold and rain yesterday to demand that Senator Bob Casey stand for working families in the current ‘fiscal cliff’ negotiations by protecting Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security and other vital services and make the wealthy pay their fair share.
One Pittsburgh was joined by members of the United Steelworkers, Pennsylvania Alliance of Retired Americans, Working America, and MoveOn.org in a march through downtown Pittsburgh to protest cuts to services that are currently being proposed as part of a ‘fiscal cliff’ deal.
Congressional Democrats and Republicans have yet to reach an deficit agreement that would prevent the steep automatic revenue increases and spending cuts that are set to occur at the end of the year, and while President Obama has asserted that he will only accept a deal that includes tax increases on the top 2% of income earners, Republicans have yet to concede on the issue, urging further compromise from Democrats.
Senator Bob Casey has remained vague about his position, and has hinted that he might be willing to accept cuts that could be disastrous for the members of the 98% as part of this “compromise,” including slashes to Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security.
Members of One Pittsburgh demanded Senator Casey not give into a “compromise” that would only truly work to compromise the lives of working people. With chants of “The people have spoken and we say, Medicare is here to stay!” and, “How we gonna pay for it? Tax, tax, tax the rich!” more than 100 activists and community members stood outside of Casey’s office and hear from several speakers discuss what these kinds of cuts could mean for students, the working class, retirees, and the economy in general.
After sending a delegation of representatives to speak with Casey’s aide, the Senator’s position still remains unclear. But we at One Pittsburgh are not known for giving up. Instead, we will be heading to D.C. on December 18th to visit the Senator himself, to give him the demands of the people in person.
The people have spoken and they say Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security, public transportation, and other vital services are here to stay! We’re off to the Capitol!