Snark: to annoy or irritate

"Snark" has been in English language dictionaries since at least 1906, and Lewis Carroll used the word to describe a mythological animal in his poem, The Hunting of the Snark (1874). Most recently, the word has come to characterize snappish, sarcastic, or mean-spirited comments or actions directed at those who annoy or irritate us.

At first, this blog was just going be a place to gripe, but because it's more satisfying to take action than it is to merely complain, now most of the posts/reposts suggest ways to get involved in solving problems.


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Monday, October 24, 2011

Tell Reps to Keep Social Security

AAUW Action Network
Tell the House to Help Keep the Promises of Social Security
Several weeks ago, thousands of you took action urging your senators to cosponsor a bill that would close Social Security's funding gap by lifting the cap on payroll taxed for Social Security purposes.
Now it's time to send the same message to the House of Representatives. We need the House to hear the same, powerful support for an even stronger Social Security. Take action now!
Right now, 94 percent of Americans pay into Social Security on the basis of their whole salary -- but the wealthiest 6 percent do not. Because the cap for individual income stands at $106,800, someone who makes that much pays exactly the same amount into Social Security as does a millionaire or a billionaire.
The No Loopholes in Social Security Taxes Act (H.R. 797) would gradually lift the cap so that by 2033, the wealthiest 6 percent of Americans will be on equal footing with everyone else. This plan would extend the full solvency of Social Security for the next 75 years, ensuring that the program continues to help provide retirement security for future generations.
Here at AAUW, we think of Social Security as a promise, a commitment that we as Americans make to care for one another across the generations. Although Social Security is among our nation's best and most efficiently-run anti-poverty programs, it's critical for elderly women -- more than half of whom would fall into poverty without it. So, we are particularly interested when good ideas come along aimed at strengthening and improving Social Security.
Take Action! Ask your representative to become a cosponsor of the No Loopholes in Social Security Taxes Act (H.R. 797). You can send a message by clicking the "Take Action" link above or by visiting AAUW Two Minute Activist.
Remember: You can always help strengthen AAUW's efforts to protect and strengthen Social Security by making a tax-deductible donation to AAUW's Public Policy Fund!
Double your impact! Tweet, Facebook, and forward this action alert to friends and family.

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