Last week, the Wall Street Journal reported that AARP is willing to consider benefit cuts to Social Security. Social Security Works – Washington and our allies, including the Alliance for Retired Americans, are completely opposed to this position.
Ed Coyle, the Executive Director of the Alliance for Retired Americans responded, “The story in the Wall Street Journal – which states that AARP supports cutting Social Security benefits – makes it apparent to me that AARP is not representing their members on this issue. AARP does not speak for all seniors. There is no ambiguity on where the Alliance for Retired Americans stands on Social Security – never has been, never will be. We are against Social Security benefit cuts. The current economic recession is all the proof we need to know that Social Security frequently is the only safety net that keeps millions of seniors in their homes with food on their tables.”
This position by AARP could give political cover to those members of Congress who are wavering on this issue and may choose to support draconian cuts.
***Please call and email your Member of Congress and your Senators to tell them NO CUTS!!! ***
Find your Representative’s phone number here or dial the U.S. Capitol switchboard at (202) 224-3121.
SAMPLE PHONE STATEMENT
My name is _________ and I am a constituent. I am appalled that AARP is open to cutting Social Security benefits. AARP does not speak for me. I urge you to stand strong against any cuts or changes to Social Security – period. There are many alternatives to strengthen Social Security besides cutting benefits. Raising the payroll cap, for instance. Hands-Off Social Security!
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