Scrap the Cap to improve Social Security’s benefits

Social Security provides benefits to more than 50 million Americans – benefits that are critical for retirees, widows/widowers, and families of disabled and deceased workers.

That’s why some members of Congress, including Sen. Bernie Sanders, have supported legislation to “Scrap the Cap” on Social Security. This simple tweak would ensure millionaires will pay the same tax rate as middle class families, and eliminate any concerns about Social Security’s long-term financing.

But this tweak would do more than bring Social Security into balance; it would also allow Social Security benefits to be increased and expanded.

Below is a list of suggested improvements to strengthen Social Security benefits and ensure financial security for millions of Americans.

  1. Increasing benefits for the lowest income earners.
  2. Increasing benefits for surviving spouses. This will help low and moderate-income widows and widowers.
  3. Providing family care credits for individuals (mostly women) who leave the work force to take care of family members. Alternatively, we could reduce the calculation of benefits from the highest 35 years of work to the highest 30 years in the workforce.
  4. Restore Social Security benefits to young people attending college up to age 22 who suffer the death of a parent or have parents on Social Security. This benefit existed prior to the “reforms” in the 1980s.

Social Security can easily be protected for future generations – and benefits can be strengthened now and into the future – with one small tweak, just scrapping the cap. This simple solution will ensure all Americans are able to provide for themselves in retirement, and preserve the promise of Social Security for our parents, ourselves and out children.

AARP willing to consider cuts to Social Security – tell your elected officials they don’t speak for you!

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!!! ***

Send an email letter to your Representatives easily by clicking here.

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!

Thank you for your participation!

Two simple ways you can make sure Obama keeps his word on Social Security

During his campaign, then-candidate Obama made his support for Social Security crystal clear:

“I do not want to cut benefits or raise the retirement age. I believe there are a number of ways we can make Social Security solvent that do not involve placing these added burdens on seniors.” Sen. Barak Obama, Op-ed in Quad City Times, Sept. 21, 2007

But it now appears President Obama may actually embrace Social Security cuts in his upcoming State of the Union address. And doing so would spell economic disaster for millions of Americans. Continue reading “Two simple ways you can make sure Obama keeps his word on Social Security”