The GOP’s attack on Medicare

Because the GOP now has full control of the executive and legislative branches of government, we no longer have “divided” or gridlocked government.

The GOP will be able to implement a lot of policies they’ve only been able to talk about in the past.  They can now take action, and without a Democrat in the Whitehouse or control of the Senate, these plans will become law unless we stop them now.

Congressman Paul Ryan, the Speaker of the House, has been very straightforward about his plans – he’s been talking about this for many years.

He wants to privatize administration of the program, handing it over to for-profit private insurance companies, and only providing a limited subsidy to seniors to pay for premiums.  The cost of Medicare premiums will rise at the same time that the coverage provided is decreased.  Don’t be fooled: Congressman Ryan’s plans threaten the future of Medicare for everyone.

Congressman Dave Brat has made it clear he does not intend to uphold the promise of Medicare – the people who are paying for Medicare now, out of every paycheck.

I have pledged to prevent cuts to Medicare and Social Security for seniors while working on reforms to ensure these programs stay solvent for years to come. – Dave Brat

When he says “reforms” he means taking away benefits.  This is unnecessary and unfair to those who pay for the system.  Congressman Brat is a rubber stamp for Paul Ryan’s radical plans.  These “plans” are for you to pay more money for less care.  There are numerous independent analyses which lay out clearly how these reforms raise costs and reduce benefits.

Medicare and Social Security are programs created by Democrats which are absolutely essential and are depended upon by almost all Americans.    Without Democrats in the Senate and House to defend these programs, we will lose them.

Redistricting: OneVirginia2021

One Virginia 2021 is a bipartisan group dedicated to taking redistricting out of the hands of the party politicians.

We believe in fair, democratic elections, not elections rigged to favor Democrats, Republicans or just incumbents in general.  In order for the public to express their voice, it’s imperative that elections are competitive, and that means that neither party should be able to put their thumb on the scale at redistricting time.

Right now Virginia has several districts comprised of areas which are almost entirely unrelated:

Both parties have done this in the past, and our current map is the result of collusion among incumbents of both parties.

We encourage everyone to support sensible redistricting reform so that the public gets to regain control over their elected representatives.  Please take a moment to look at their website and consider getting involved.

Blue Action Network Social with Eileen Bedell and Scott Rowe

The Blue Action Network is a group organized for:

Mobilizing progressive activists in the Rappahannock region to educate voters and support forward thinking candidates for political office. “

They have monthly meetings in the Fredericksburg area, and this month’s meeting offers a chance to talk with and listen to progressive candidates just coming off of tough challenges against GOP incumbents in heavily tilted districts.  Both of these candidates made significant inroads, so sharing their insights for working in this partisan environment is very useful.

The meeting begins at 6PM and Eileen and Scott will begin speaking at 7PM.  Castiglia’s is in historic downtown Fredericksburg.  Please come out!

Women’s March on Washington

In response to much of the non-inclusive rhetoric of the last campaign, a group has organized a large march on Washington DC for the day following the inaugural (January 21, 2017).  A permit has not yet been secured, but you can find details here.

From their website:

We stand together in solidarity with our partners and children for the protection of our rights, our safety, our health, and our families — recognizing that our vibrant and diverse communities are the strength of our country.