President Obama is still trying to negotiate an arrangement with Congress to head off or to postpone tax increases on working people and the massive cuts scheduled to begin after Jan. 1.
With less than two weeks until the Bush tax cuts die and harsh automatic cuts to the human safety net kick in, the GOP insists Democrats agree to cuts in Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid.
She stood silhouetted against the backdrop of a holiday-lit City Hall. But she wasn't speaking of holiday celebrations.
Progressive forces in the Orlando area held multiple actions on Dec. 10 around higher taxes for the rich and pending cuts in social benefits.
Connecticut union, retiree, community and clergy groups sent a clear message to Congress and the president in two candlelight vigils.
"We cannot cut our way to job creation," the Rev. Broadnax told labor and community allies here as they held a press conference out-side of the Delmar-Loop Social Security office.
The pressure for unionists to weigh in rose as the ruling House Republicans refused to budge from their stand for protecting the Bush tax cuts for the rich.
Diane Fleming first encountered Social Security when she was three years old. Now she's 70, and one of hundreds of people descending on Congress.
Federal budget cuts will devastate social programs, "plunge communities into ruin and destruction, and cost lives."
AFL-CIO Pres. Trumka was not surprised by the findings, which back up the federation's emphasis on the drastic impact the recession - known as the Bush Crash - has had on workers and families.