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Citizen Action group protests at Collins HQ

By Robert J. McCarthy

A group linked to Citizen Action of New York staged demonstrations across the state Thursday in favor of preserving Social Security and Medicare -- including near the campaign headquarters of Republican congressional candidate Chris Collins.

Restore the American Promise planned to demonstrate at the Lancaster headquarters of the candidate, who subscribes to Republican plans to restructure Medicare. The group said it planned to "demand that these programs be protected."

The group's website makes the following claim:

"For the past three decades, Washington politicians and their benefactors have broken their promises, and have turned the American Dream into the American Nightmare. First, they froze our wages. Then they took away our guaranteed pensions. Then they took away our jobs and looted our savings. Now they’re coming for our Medicare, our Medicaid, our Social Security, all to pay for more tax cuts for the rich and sweetheart deals for big corporations. Soon there will be nothing left for us."

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