Senior Citizens Support Social Security

Jan 27th, 2011 | By Sharon Shaw Elrod MSW EdD | Category: Social Security & Medicare

It’s still not clear what our new congress plans to do about Social Security.  The President didn’t say much about it in his State of the Union address.  What he did say was he would improve Social Security “without putting at risk current retirees” and “without slashing benefits for future generations.” This is a step in the right direction.  But other sources are still talking about making major changes in Social Security benefits, and generating distortions in the process.

The Arizona Republic published an article on January 27, 2011, in which they again stated what other media have been saying:  Social Security will be broke by 2037. 

The number one myth about Social Security was highlighted in a SCJ article published last July:

Myth #1: Social Security is going broke.
Reality: There is no Social Security crisis.  By 2023, Social Security will have a $4.6 trillion surplus (yes, trillion with a ‘T’).  It can pay out all scheduled benefits for the next quarter-century with no changes whatsoever. (#1) After 2037, it’ll still be able to pay out 75% of scheduled benefits—and again, that’s without any changes. (#2) The program started preparing for the Baby Boomers’ retirement decades ago.  Anyone who insists Social Security is broke probably wants to break it themselves.

Senator Reid said earlier this week, ”Social Security is a program that works… It’s not in crisis. This is something that’s perpetuated by people who don’t like government. Social Security is fine.” 

SCJ again urges all its readers to share their thoughts and positions on Social Security with their Representatives and Senators.  They are the ones who will determine what happens with Social Security, and they are the ones who need to know your position about it. The deficit can be addressed without compromising Social Security.  The Social Security Trust Fund needs to be repaid by the Federal Government, so it can continue to provide benefits to the neediest of senior citizens and disabled people in o ur country.  The Fund is not broke, and it’s not going to be broke unless Congress cripples it themselves.

Please let the people representing you in Washington DC know how you feel about this issue.



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  1. Senior Citizens Support Social Security | Senior Citizen Journal…

    Here at World Spinner we are debating the same thing……

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