At town halls across the nation during the current two-week congressional recess Republicans are taking the heat like they may never have taken it before.
Congress finally passed a two-month extension of long-term unemployment benefits and a Social Security payroll tax cut for workers.
Republicans on the committee favor closing the deficits entirely by cutting spending, including Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security.
Republicans and Democrats inclined to go along with the slashers are reportedly considering adoption of a new formula that would allow progressively larger reductions in Social Security and other benefits.
The AFL-CIO is ramping up its campaign to protect Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid from threatened future cuts by the congressional so-called "Super Committee."
"The party that aggressively defends Social Security and Medicare will win the next election!"
Apparently, Congressman Akin or one of his staff had requested police presence in order to keep constituents off of the office property.
They came from all over northern California - by bus, by train, by carpool - to deliver a powerful message to Senator Dianne Feinstein: Stand up and be a champion for Social Security!
It was billed as a vigil, but it was clearly a thumpin' rally of 300 people saying "Hands off Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid."
It was 101 degrees in the shade, but that didn't stop 200 white-haired retirees and others from rallying against any cuts to these programs.