Max Richtman, NCPSSM President/CEO
 
“You don’t have to be a Washington insider to see that, with the selection of appointees to Congress’ new ‘Super Committee’, our nation’s vital safety net programs still remain the primary targets in this debt debate.  Half of these Committee members have pledged to keep revenues out of the solution, and even more than half are on the record with statements about the need to consider cuts to Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid. We can only hope the political deck is not stacked in this process in which decisions impacting virtually every American family will be debated by just 12 people, could be passed by just 7 and then fast-tracked through Congress without amendment.     Even though Social Security has not contributed to our current deficit crisis,  too many on this ‘Super Committee’ are willing to trade away its benefits while vigorously protecting the tax cuts for the wealthy and corporate loopholes which contribute so much to our deficit.  Let’s be very clear—the American people want fiscal sanity returned to Washington.  But they also know cutting more than $1 trillion from programs serving millions of average Americans while protecting Bush era tax cuts that added $1.7 trillion in added deficits is not fiscal responsibility. Even though the majority of Americans understands this---I’m not convinced a majority of this committee does.” Max Richtman, NCPSSM President/CEO