Speak Out, Seniors: No Cuts in Social Security

Nov 22nd, 2010 | By | Category: Social Security & Medicare

Social Security and Medicare continue to be on the chopping block for a number of politicians in Washington DC.  Those wanting to cut these two programs that senior citizens depend upon for livelihood and health care seem to be out of touch with what we seniors are needing, and what the vast majority of citizens favor.

Lake Research Partners conducted a survey of likely voters during the election and discovered 82% of respondents oppose cuts to Social Security as a deficit reduction move.  When broken down in political parties, we find these percentages:  83% of Democrats, 82% of Republicans, 78% of Independents and 74% of Tea Party supporters. 

SCJ has said repeatedly that raising the cap on payroll taxes alone is the one solid solution to increasing Social Security solvency.  The Lake study revealed “…66% of poll respondents said they would support raising the payroll tax cap on incomes above $106,000.”

Eric Kingson, co-director of Social Security Works, an organization dedicated to keeping facts straight about Social Security, said this about cutting benefits to senior citizens, “A question I would have is why would you not listen to the American public if it wants to do that and instead raise the retirement age on people, many of whom have been losing jobs and are afraid for their children and their future? Why would we cut benefits in the future when there is a clear alternative for what we could do? Why in God’s name would you cut the cost-of-living allowance for today’s seniors when there are other ways [to keep the system solvent]?”

Isaiah Poole said this in an article about Social Security last week, “The next time a conservative politician goes to the microphone and says something to the effect that “the American people have spoken, and they’ve made it clear that they want us to rein in out-of-control entitlement spending and keep programs such as Social Security from bankrupting the country,” you already know the right response: “The American people have said no such thing.”

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