Category Archives: Social Security

National Call-In Days: July 14-15

Your Social Security benefits are under attack by politicians in Washington. They want to:

  • Cut Social Security’s Cost-of-Living Adjustment (COLA) to reduce the deficit. But Social Security doesn’t contribute a penny to the deficit.
  • Raid Social Security by using your contributions to give a tax break to Wall Street banks, Big Oil and other corporations.

They shouldn’t get another taxpayer handout. Social Security belongs to you. You pay for it in every paycheck. Don’t let them cut it or raid it!

Call both Senator Reid’s office and Senator Heller’s office on Thursday and/or Friday, July 14-15.

  • Senator Reid:  1-866-SEN-REID (736-7343)  [calls accepted only from 775 & 702 area codes]
  • Senator Heller:  202-224-6244

Tell them:

  • NO cuts to Social Security!
  • NO cuts to Social Security’s COLA!
  • NO Social Security payroll tax holiday!

I’ve already written twice and called once, but I’ll be calling again to let them know that Social Security does not and has not contributed to the budget deficit, nor has it contributed to the burgeoning national debt.  It is not allowable to raid the funds we’ve contributed throughout our lifetimes, expecting to receive some benefit in the future, only to find that they’ve been pillaged and left us with dramatically lower benefits or worse, nothing at all.

I was married to a wonderful man for 29 years.  He was self-employed and thus had to contribute both the employee and employer contributions to Social Security.  That was money that went to Social Security and not into our household coffers.  He passed on at 59 and I remarried at the age of 54, before reaching the magic age of 60.  That means that I have to forfeit any claim to his social security.  So, as far as I’m concerned, I’ve already forfeited enough and they just can’t have any more!

Call their offices this Thursday or Friday and tell them your story, why you think raiding Social Security is a bad idea and what consequences it will have on your vote at the polls next year.

Social Security Under Siege by GOP

The following statement was issued today by Edward F. Coyle, Executive Director of the Alliance for Retired Americans:

GOP Leaders Threaten Social Security / Retiree Leader Rejects “Cold-Hearted” Proposal

“The Alliance for Retired Americans, a grassroots advocacy organization with over 4 million members, is outraged by the cold-hearted ways in which House Republicans are trying to lower the budget deficit on the backs of seniors, persons with disabilities, and young survivors.

“Their plan would create massive furloughs – shutting down the entire agency for 20 working days.  This would be devastating for the people in our country who are most in need.  For example:

  • Phones and offices would be shut down, leaving current recipients who have questions or concerns unable to get the help they need.  3.6 million people visit Social Security offices each month.   Social Security receives 119,000 calls a day to its field offices and 280,000 calls a day to its 800 number. A twenty-day furlough would block 8 million callers who need immediate help;
  • Over a half a million people who are applying for benefits would be forced into a long backlog of delays that could extend well into next year; and
  • Those grieving from a recent death of a spouse would be unable to change their benefits status, banking information, and other details to help them through this difficult time.

“Millions of Americans would not get the help they need, all because of political gamesmanship and pettiness by the Republican Party.

“In my opinion, this is a back-door effort to cut Social Security.  The Republicans have caught some much-deserved criticism when they have suggested cutting Social Security benefits, raising the retirement age, or turning privatized system over to Wall Street.

“But with this move today, they are hoping nobody notices.

“But we notice and we are here today to defend Social Security, one of America’s greatest success stories.

“Social Security is a promise that our government makes to the American people.

“To keep that promise, the Social Security Administration must have the resources and staffing its needs to make sure that seniors, persons with disabilities, and survivors are able to receive the benefits they have earned and need each month to make ends meet.

“The Alliance for Retired Americans strongly opposes this bill and urges the Senate to reject these cold-hearted cuts.”

Submitted for publication by JoEtta Brown