Blogs for Hillary: Really, How Low Can You Go?

Tuesday, February 14, 2006

Really, How Low Can You Go?

Dear Friends,

Once again, the message is "you are on your own."

President Bush's budget calls for taking the $255 Social Security death benefit away from people who have just lost a loved one and cutting off the monthly Social Security survivor benefits of 16 and 17-year olds if they're no longer in school.

George W. Bush wants to produce Social Security "savings" over the next decade at the expense of widows and orphans, even as he lavishes trillions of dollars in tax cuts on the wealthy and well-connected.

These proposals - like so many other wrong-headed ideas in Bush's 2006 budget - are morally and fiscally bankrupt. And I pledge to you that I will do everything in my power to make sure they never see the light of day.

And if anyone is still asking you just what's wrong with George Bush's leadership, tell them about his latest budget. Tell them what you think of a president who wants to cut back on the meager benefits available to the most vulnerable while he goes on rewarding the most comfortable.

We thought the president got the message last year when Congress stopped his scheme to privatize Social Security. But, when it comes to protecting the health and well-being of America's families, this administration just doesn't get the message.

And, when people need our government to be there for them the most, this White House is painfully slow to act. That's the inescapable conclusion at which even Republican investigations of the response to Hurricane Katrina have arrived.

It's hard to judge which is doing more harm - their calculated proposals like denying benefits to widows and orphans or their mind-boggling incompetence. But, one thing's for sure. We can't let America's families bear the brunt of either their bad ideas or their stunning failures of execution.

Throughout 2006, the health and well-being of our families is on the line. That's why we've got to work as hard as we have ever worked to win the pivotal policy debates and electoral contests of this dramatically important year.

We stopped the attack on Social Security last year, and we will stop them again. Thank you, as always, for your support. It means a lot to know I can count on you to stand with me as we take on these challenges.

Sincerely,

Hillary Rodham Clinton

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