Social Security is one of the most successful programs in America’s history. With pensions disappearing, it’s harder than ever for workers to save for retirement. We need to strengthen and expand Social Security, not cut it. Social Security is not in crisis (as some would have you believe) and though it is not perfect it certainly is not broken either.

Social Security is the key component in addressing the retirement income crisis that we face. Not only must we fight to protect Social Security, we must improve it and expand it.

These same people attack Social Security by saying the only way to keep the program solvent is to cut benefits and raise the retirement age. We can’t afford to be fooled. To shore up the program’s finances, the answer is simple. Congress should scrap the payroll tax cap and require wealthy beneficiaries to pay their fair share. Right now, billionaires pay the same amount in payroll taxes as someone making $118,500. That’s just not right.

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  • With Social Security’s 80th birthday coming up on August 14th. As a retiree, it bothers me when people think that Social Security is a hand-out or a give-away. The truth is, we paid for our benefits every day we worked. I get upset when I hear politicians talk about how we should raise the retirement age and fast track cuts to benefits. Easy for them to say – maybe they have trust funds the rest of us don’t. And for the record, Social Security is not broke, it is not in crisis and it can pay full benefits for years to come. We need to expand it, not cut it by reducing promised benefits or raising the age for eligibility. Social Security is absolutely not in crisis. Social Security Works !

  • I know how important Social Security is to our community. Social Security helps seniors, persons with disabilities, widows, and children who have lost a parent. For many of these people, I just don’t know how they would survive without Social Security. Because of its importance, we need to expand it.

  • Politicians in Washington are using the deficit as an excuse to try and make seniors work longer and cut benefits behind closed doors, but Social Security has not contributed a penny to the federal deficit. Workers pay for Social Security. It belongs to the people who have worked all their lives and contributed to the program, not to politicians in Washington who want to use it as a piggy bank to give tax cuts to the rich and bailouts to Wall Street

  • These same people attack Social Security by saying the only way to keep the program solvent is to cut benefits and raise the retirement age. We can’t afford to be fooled. To shore up the program’s finances, the answer is simple. Congress should scrap the payroll tax cap and require wealthy beneficiaries to pay their fair share. Right now, billionaires pay the same amount in payroll taxes as someone making $118,500. That’s just not right.

  • With pensions under threat and rising inequality making it harder and harder to save for retirement, Social Security is more important than ever. That’s why Congress should act to scrap the cap and expand Social Security benefits for America’s workers. Several bills already circulating in Congress, including the Social Security Expansion Act and the Protecting and Preserving Social Security Act, would do just that. Now is the time for us to strengthen Social Security, not cut it. Social Security is not broke, it is not in crisis and it can pay full benefits for years to come. Social Security Works !

  • Most of us have heard politicians like Rep. Paul Ryan calling to cut benefits and raise the retirement age. Their long-term goal is to dismantle and privatize the program. These politicians are working for Wall Street bankers hoping to cash in by collecting fees for managing Social Security funds. Right now, Social Security benefits are guaranteed. If the Great Recession has taught us anything, it’s that taking guaranteed benefits and gambling them on Wall Street is not a risk worth taking.

  • Keeping Social Security healthy is a critical part of stopping this crisis from getting any worse. We should be looking to strengthen Social Security, not cut it. By simply having all Americans, including the super-rich, pay their fair share into the Social Security system, we can extend the life of the Social Security trust fund and modestly increase benefits for most beneficiaries.

  • For generations our Social Security system has been the foundation of retirement in America. We have to maintain it to make sure it’s there for generations to come.

  • I worry about people my children and grandchildren’s age. What will it be like for them when they retire?

  • Retirees in our area are struggling to get by, but they know how much worse things would be without Social Security. Thanks to Social Security, seniors are able to pay bills, buy groceries, and stay out of poverty.