SENIORS JOIN THE SOCIAL SECURITY CONVERSATION

Jan 6th, 2012 | By Sharon Shaw Elrod MSW EdD | Category: Senior Moments Blog

Seniors Take Responsible Political Action

Millions of seniors across the country are taking part in a ‘conversation’ about the need to keep Social Security strong for our generation and for those who follow us.  The conversation is sponsored by AARP, and to date, that organization reports it has over six million signatures on a petition to Congress to leave Social Security alone.  Six million and growing…

A recent article published online said, “For more than 50 years, AARP has been fighting to protect and strengthen Social Security. Now, we’re launching a conversation about how to strengthen it so future generations will receive the benefits they’ve earned when they’re ready to retire. With shrinking pensions, dwindling savings and longer life expectancies, we know that future generations will depend on Social Security even more.”

Social Security Values

Seniors across the country agree on the values of Social Security, articulated by AARP:

 

  • You will receive the benefits you’ve earned over a lifetime of hard work if you pay into Social Security.
  • Your guaranteed Social Security benefit will keep up with inflation for as long as you live.
  • Your spouse will be protected and you will receive a benefit if you become disabled and can no longer work.
  • Your family will be protected if you die.

The average retirement benefit still sits at $1200 a month.  Seniors need Social Security for our survival.  Businesses can crash.  Pensions can disappear.  The stock market does its rock and roll dance with alarming regularity.  Social Security benefits have to be there for us, no matter what is happening in the world around us.

Seniors everywhere are invited to participate in the conversation about keeping Social Security strong.  The message needs to get to Congress:  Leave Social Security alone.  Do not cut our benefits.  Do not address the national debt issue on our backs.  We contributed to the program.  We need our benefits.  Make the payroll tax ceiling fair and equitable for everyone, and stop protecting those who make more than $110,000 a year.  They can take care of themselves quite well.  Keep your hands off the funds that keep us alive in our Golden Years.



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