Friday, March 25, 2011

Debunk The Myths About Social Security

I’m tired about writing on the continuing attacks on Social Security. I feel like the boy who cried wolf one too many times. But here we go again; Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) is calling for cuts to Social Security and Medicare, despite its overwhelming opposition by the vast majority of Americans.

Let’s be clear, Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid are not responsible for adding money to the deficit. As I have stated many times before, the responsibility lies with corporate greed and out-of-control military spending.

Congress needs to hear from all of us. Strengthening Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid, not weakening them is what the majority of Americans want. Just a few weeks ago, Congress approved huge tax cuts to the wealthy, and now they expect us to pay for them by cutting essential social programs.

Enough is enough! Social Security and Medicare provide essential supports to millions of retirees and disabled workers. The projections are clear. The financing of Social Security poses no major problem – it is projected to be fully solvent for almost 30 years with no changes whatsoever. Medicare poses a problem only because the private health care system is broken.

We must continue to debunk the myths that are coming out of Washington. Every time you hear someone say Social Security is going broke, set them straight! Social Security is not busted and it’s not broke! It has no impact on the deficit - it is self funding. If you want to fix Social Security, raise the cap so everyone pays their fair share.

Continue going to your elected Representatives Town Hall Meetings and tell them to strengthen Social Security, not weaken it! Continue writing letters and making phone calls. If we are to defend and strengthen these vital programs, our elected representatives must hear from us and they must know the consequences of voting against us!

Jim Centner, Director
Steelworkers Organization of Active Retirees

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