January 10, 2016
By Meg Schwartz
CUSTER, SD – There is a call to action from the Democratic Party for local groups to rally on January 15th in support of programs and policies that are important to all Americans. These include the continuation and strengthening of Social Security, Medicare, affordable health care, equal rights, and much more. For example, the GOP-led Congress is already working toward dumping the Affordable Care Act without providing a replacement plan, and that would be disastrous for millions of people.
The purpose of the gathering in Way Park on Sunday is to show our legislators – both local and national – that people support these valuable programs, and that they shouldn’t be gutted for the sake of gaining a few dollars today. The participants will be representing the issues that are important to them, and all are welcome. This will be a positive rally, not a protest. We want to be constructive in our message to the people who represent us.
Social Security should not be privatized, and that the taxable income level should be increased. Funds should also be placed back in the “lockbox” so that Congress cannot use them as a slush fund. Medicare should be kept, with greater scrutiny of the many instances of fraud and abuse in order to make the program more financially stable. The Affordable Care Act should be tweaked to place less of a burden on the providers, and should certainly not leave the millions of people who rely on it without coverage.
The Custer Rally will be held at:
Corner of Mt. Rushmore Rd, and 4th Street
Sunday, January 15th at 1:00 pm
Other National Rallies