by Quantesa Roberts, Energy Action Coalition
Yesterday, hundreds of Americans from all walks of life joined together at the American Dream Rally in Washington, DC. We came to support some of America’ s most vital and popular programs; Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security. Congress is currently debating raising the nation’s debt ceiling and reducing the deficit. Republicans are holding the country hostage in exchange for drastic cuts to social programs that benefit millions of Americans while demanding lower taxes for the wealthiest 2%.
Among the speakers were Van Jones, Reps. Jan Schakowsky (D-IL), Barbara Lee (D-CA), Sheila Jackson-Lee (D-TX), Raul Grijalva (D-AZ)and Donna Edwards (D-MD) who all gave impassioned speeches defending Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security.
These programs are a necessity for millions of Americans, many of whom are struggling in a bad economy caused by the same people who are trying to destroy the few safety nets that are left.
The fight over Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security is only part of a larger problem. Right now, Congress is also debating cuts to the EPA, rolling back environmental regulations, and cutting Pell Grants.The extreme right-wing in this country are committed to killing these programs and wrecking our economy in the process, and as Rep. John Garamendi put it “We will not let that happen!”