Now is the time to be heard. We need to let our senators and representatives know that we have expectations of them going forward.(More)

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Whether your elected officials are Republicans or Democrats, they need to hear from all of us. They need to know we are watching them and holding them accountable.

You can find the phone numbers for your senators here.

You can find the phone number for your member of the House of Representatives here.

Here is some advice on how to handle your call.

It is important to let them know why you are calling and what issue you are calling about. You will sometimes be able to speak directly to your senator or representative, but more often you will speak to a staff person in the member’s office. This person keeps track of how many people called and their positions on issues, and provides a summary to the member. Be assured that your call does count, even if you are not able to speak directly to your senator or representative.

I have been calling regarding protecting Social Security and Medicare from being privatized via the Paul Ryan plan. Forbes has this to say:

Paul Ryan, who represents mainstream Republicans, has long advocated privatizing Medicare. That means dissolving the federally guaranteed fee-for-service program and handing fixed subsidies for retirees to buy private insurance? Would these private plans be affordable? It’s not known, since Ryan has never released specific details.
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There are some glaring conflicts between what Trump has said in the campaign and retirement policy going forward. Trump, for example, has said he wouldn’t cut Social Security and Medicare, although Speaker of the House Paul Ryan has long pushed for privatizing both programs. That may ultimately cut benefits.

When I call, I tell my personal story of how long I have worked and how much of my retirement income is Social Security. I remind them that Ryan’s claim that Medicare and Social Security are going broke is bogus.

Be Heard! I have called on Social Security and Medicare but also the DAPL pipe line at Standing Rock, Steve Bannon, Trump’s blatant conflicts of interests. Call on any and every issue that moves you. Have your friends and family call. The more calls, the louder our voices, the more likely we are to have an impact.

Also let your state and local officials here from you. Don’t sit silently by while our democracy is trashed.

Pour your morning tea or coffee and pick up your phone!

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