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Democracy For The Southern Adirondack/Tricounty Area
Monday, October 31, 2011
Tricounty DFA Update: Wednesday Meeting Reminder, GOTV, More
Hello Everyone!

First, I hope you all have a Happy Halloween!

In this update for October 30, 2011:

1. Meeting Reminder Wednesday 7pm
2. Agenda:
3. Social Security Under Attack by Supercommittee

1. Meeting Reminder Wednesday 7pm

We will be having our regular monthly meeting of Democracy For The Greater Glens Falls Area this Wednesday, Nov. 2nd at 7pm at the Rockhill Bakehouse Cafe in downtown Glens Falls. The Cafe is one block west of the roundabout in downtown Glens Falls on the corners of Hudson Avenue, Elm and Exchange Streets. Because the election is bearing down on us, we will have a busy agenda:
We have endorsed several candidates this year: John SIlvestri for Supreme Court, Mike O'Keefe for County Treasurer, Bill Mason for County Supervisor and John Strough for Queensbury Town Board. We will be discussing and organizing for the big Get Out The Vote effort this coming weekend.

We volunteered at our last meeting to host a DFA National training weekend for next year, and I hope to hear from Monique Teal at DFA National about this. Roy Thomas has also been inquiring on this with the City.

We have had a group tabling at the Farmer's Market as well and we want to keep that going.

We have also been having an excellent turnout at the vigils we have been holding at the Civil War Monument in support of Occupy Wall Street and "We are the 99%." As we all know, we decided to do this at our last meeting on October 5th. This is in many ways a continuation of the several years of vigils we held at the same time and place against the Iraq War.

We are going to hold another one at 11am Saturday, again at the Civil War Monument at the corner of Bay and Glen Streets. We will be discussing this at our meeting as well. If you cannot come to Wednesday night's meeting, please come to the vigil on Saturday. There are also new pictures on our Facebook page at:

3. Social Security, Medicare Under Attack by Supercommittee

DFA National and DFA Chair Jim Dean and DFA founder Gov. Dean are sending out an urgent appeal on the budget supercommittee.

Jim Dean alerted us first:

"Democrats on the so-called Super Committee are caving to Republican demands and pushing a plan that would make drastic cuts to Medicare.

"This is bad policy and bad politics. Cuts like these are the worst possible way to reduce the deficit. They protect the status quo for the richest 1 percent while the 99 percent are expected to sacrifice vital healthcare that they need to survive in tough economic times like these -- and they'll hamstring Democrats running for reelection in 2012.

"We've been down this road before. Republicans and some Democrats have been pushing plans to destroy Medicare and Social Security for months. We beat them then and we can beat them now with an overwhelming show of grassroots opposition to any plan that cuts Medicare.

"Join me and tell Washington that this deal is Dead On Arrival."

Pledge to oppose any candidate -- Republican or Democrat - who votes for a plan that cuts Medicare and Medicaid benefits for the 99 percent.

Gov.Dean adds:

"I'm going to get straight to the point. If the so-called Super Committee votes to increase the age of Medicare eligibility from 65 to 67, it will completely erase all the gains we made in providing healthcare to every American under President Obama.

"Medicare is the only universal healthcare program that exists in the United States of America. No one who supports moving back the age of eligibility can possibly be considered an advocate for universal health insurance.

"In fact, if that happens, the legacy of the Democrats for the past four years will have been to do far more harm to the healthcare system than good.

"By raising the age of eligibility from 65 to 67, hard working Americans who are in their 50's or 60's, and cannot afford insurance under the current system will have to wait two additional years before Medicare kicks in. They would be forced to stay in the private healthcare system - if they can afford it."
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Thanks everyone! See you all Wednesday!


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