What We're Thankful For

During this holiday week, we had some time to express what we’re thankful for: You.

You joined together and made phone calls, shared petitions, held rallies, and wrote letters in the past year, as challenge after challenge reared its head. Every time Congress threatened to cut Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid, you were there, pushing back. And you were successful.

The co-chairs of the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction, or “Supercommittee,” announced last night that they were unable to come to an agreement on a plan to cut the U.S. debt. Many will publicly call this a “failure.” But make no mistake, this is a victory for the 99 percent and for democracy, and it’s due to your hard work.

Rather than accept a bad deal that would have included cuts to Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries, we got no deal, and for once, the gridlock is something to be thankful for.

The threats, still, will continue. It’s important to tell your Senators and Representatives that you’re thankful that this threat has been averted for now. You can be sure the other side will be writing them to condemn inaction.The next time someone comes along to try to cut Social Security (which could be sooner than you think), they’ll remember your voices.