Green Party sees bipartisan attack on safety net, urges halt to sequestration, Social Security reduction

p>Green Party warns of a bipartisan attack on the social safety net for
working and poor Americans, urges a halt to looming cuts based on
sequestration and Social Security “reform”

• Obama and Romney remain silent on sequestration, agree on Social Security cuts

• Green nominee Jill Stein will participate in the Tuesday, Oct. 23
presidential debate moderated by Larry King and sponsored by the Free
and Equal Elections Foundation, broadcast on Al Jazeera, RT-America,
Ora TV (Mr. King’s online station), and C-SPAN and simulcasted on the
Green Party’s Livestream channel, 9 p.m. ET / 6 p.m. PT
(http://www.jillstein.org/free_and_equal_debate /
http://www.livestream.com/greenpartyus); Dr. Stein and running mate
Cheri Honkala answer debate questions on Democracy Now!’s “Expanding
the Debate” (http://www.democracynow.org)

WASHINGTON, DC — Green Party candidates called for immediate action
in Congress to stop looming cuts to housing and other social services
as a result of sequestration. Greens called the sequestration cuts and
proposed Social Security reductions a bipartisan attack on the safety
net for middle- and low-income and poor Americans.

“Sequestration” means automatic across-the-board cuts in discretionary
funding that will be triggered if Congress fails to produce a deficit
reduction bill with at least $1.2 trillion in cuts, according to the
Budget Control Act of 2011. President Obama signed this bill into law
in August 2011 after negotiations with Republican members of Congress.

Cuts from sequestration will also hurt public education, veterans’
programs, small businesses, and many other essential services. The
‘Green New Deal’ proposed by Green presidential nominee Jill Stein
would provide sufficient funding to preserve and expand these services
(http://www.jillstein.org/green_new_deal).

• Darryl! Moch, co-chair of the Green Party of the United States:

“The indiscriminate cuts imposed by sequestration will be a disaster
for millions of Americans who depend on affordable housing, child
assistance, community development programs, and other basic services.
When sequestration kicks in on Jan. 3, 2013, across-the-board
reductions will mean a loss of 250,000 housing vouchers and hundreds
of thousands of Americans losing their homes. Greens insist that core
government services be maintained and urged deep reductions in
military spending instead. We support full funding for the National
Housing Trust Fund. We demand an immediate halt to foreclosures and a
permanent extension of the Protecting Tenants at Foreclosure Act,
which will expire in 2014.”

See also: National Low Income Housing Coalition http://nlihc.org

• Cheri Honkala, Green nominee for Vice President of the United States
(http://www.jillstein.org), co-founder of the Kensington Welfare
Rights Union and the Poor People’s Economic Human Rights Campaign
(http://www.jillstein.org/cheri_honkala):

“The deficit is a result of tax cuts for the wealthy and money
borrowed for America’s ‘endless’ wars. How do we solve the deficit?
End the wars and make the one percent pay their fair share.
Unfortunately, President Obama shares the Bush Administration’s
enthusiasm for military aggression and has cooperated with GOP demands
for tax cuts for the one percent. Top corporations still get away with
paying zero or near-zero taxes. The deficit is a result of government
limited to two pro-Wall Street warhawk parties.”

• G. Lee Aikin, candidate for ‘Shadow’ U.S. Representative for the
District of Columbia (http://gleeaikin.blogspot.com):

“Obama and Romney agree on cuts to Social Security. President Obama
admitted this during the Oct. 3 debate. ["I suspect that on Social
Security, we've got a somewhat similar position."] Social Security
doesn’t add to the deficit, because it’s a separate account. Social
Security is not in danger right now and any projected future shortfall
can be fixed easily by modestly raising the cap for high-income
earners. The delay in eligibility age recommended by President Obama’s
Fiscal Responsibility Commission will mean ‘work till you die’ for
many working Americans, especially those with statistically shorter
life expectancies, like low-income workers and Blacks. What we’re
seeing is a bipartisan attack on Social Security, in cooperation with
greedy corporate lobbies that want Americans’ retirement money
invested in the Wall Street casino.”

See “Saving Social Security, Wage Cap, Marriage Penalty, Failure to
Index” by Ms. Aikin:
http://gleeaikin.blogspot.com/2012/10/saving-social-security-wage-cap.html

• Howard Switzer, candidate for U.S. House in Tennessee, 7th District
(http://howardswitzer.com/2012):

“The looming threat to the social safety net because of sequestration
has been completely ignored in the Obama-Romney debates — along with
climate change, the Trans-Pacific Partnership’s threat to jobs and the
environment, mass incarceration of young black and brown people in the
private prison-industrial complex, impunity for Wall Street criminals,
dismantling of civil liberties and constitutional protections, and
other urgent issues. Only Green Jill Stein, Cheri Honkala, and other
Green candidates are talking about them.”

Mr. Switzer interviewed by PoliticIt.com:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YVqb08eU9K8

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