"Raising the retirement age would inflict further hardship among a group of workers who are likely to face health and economic problems in their 60s." –Doug Hart, President, Arizona Alliance for Retired Americans
"Of all the lies and confusion that still surround the Affordable Care Act, perhaps the greatest is that it is bad for seniors." - Dave Meinell, President, Missouri Alliance for Retired Americans
"My father died when I was three. Because of Social Security (survivors) benefits, my Mom, my younger sister and I survived." – Diane Fleming, DC Alliance Member
"We fear that Congress will balance the budget on the backs of the 98 percent, which is working Montanans and retired Montanans. We simply cannot afford these devastating cuts to vital services such as Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid," –John Forkan, President, Montana Alliance for Retired Americans
"Along with national parks and Social Security, Medicare is one of the best ideas we Americans have ever devised." -Tim Cunningham, New Mexico Alliance Member
"Seniors have earned and deserve their Social Security checks, and they shouldn't have to go to Congress every 10 years and beg for the program to be renewed." –James Parent, Alliance for Retired Americans Regional Board Member
"Today's retirees paid Medicare and Social Security taxes in every paycheck we ever earned. Now that we are retired, these programs help us to be able to stay healthy and pay our bills. They are the promise we make to people who worked hard all their lives, and we need to keep that promise for today’s workers." –Tony Fransetta, former President, Florida Alliance for Retired Americans
"Today's seniors want to lower the budget deficit. We do not want a large debt to be the legacy we leave to future generations, but we should not punish people who have paid Social Security taxes all their lives." –Jim Moore, former President, North Carolina Alliance for Retired Americans
"Social Security should remain what it has been for 77 years – a solid, reliable way that generations of workers have been able to retire with dignity, economic security, and peace of mind." –Barbara J. Easterling, President, Alliance for Retired Americans
"The fight for Social Security and Medicare is part of a larger fight for justice and fairness"—Barbara J. Easterling, President, Alliance for Retired Americans
"The health insurance reform helps not just seniors, but also middle-class families and young Americans, who are just starting to see the benefits. Don’t let Republicans take all that away." –Don Rowen, President Emeritus, Iowa Alliance for Retired Americans
"Honoring the promise of Social Security and Medicare should not be a partisan issue. Honoring the contributions that we make throughout our working years so that we may feed and clothe ourselves, keep a roof over our heads and those of our family, there is no reason for that to be a hotly contested partisan issue." –Edward Coyle, former Executive Director, Alliance for Retired Americans
"We need to make sure that people who need Social Security to make ends meet will have it, and not fall victim to ill-informed and unnecessary cuts to these vital programs."
–Barbara J. Easterling, President, Alliance for Retired Americans
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House GOP Leader: Social Security “Cannot Exist” for Future Generations
April 01, 2011
House GOP Leader: Social Security “Cannot Exist” for Future Generations
Discussing the future of Social Security, U.S. House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) told an NPR radio interviewer earlier this week, “We're going to have to come to grips with the fact that these programs cannot exist if we want America to be what we want America to be.”
Responding to Cantor’s comments on a telephone press conference call, Alliance Executive Director Edward F. Coyle said, “Eric Cantor and others are saying that Social Security is to blame for our budget deficit. That’s pure fiction, and a sleight of hand that makes no mention of tax cuts for the wealthy or big corporations like GE that pay no taxes. It’s time to stop the lies. It’s time to start telling current and future retirees the truth. Thank you, Eric Cantor. Thank you for making it crystal clear just what the Republican Party thinks of Social Security and the millions of Americans who count on it each month to make ends meet.”
Alliance Members Tell Senate: Hands Off Social Security
This week Alliance members from around the country participated in a “call-in” day organized by the Social Security Works campaign. The effort produced over 6,000 calls into U.S. Senate offices, urging lawmakers to not cut Social Security benefits for current and future retirees as the chamber prepares to consider legislation on federal spending.
“This is yet another reminder of how dedicated Alliance activists in are in standing up for Social Security. Our members don’t just care about themselves, they worry about their children and grandchildren,” said Alliance President Barbara J. Easterling.
Senate Rally Unites Advocates for Social Security
On Monday, Alliance members joined activists from Americans United for Change, Social Security Works, and the National Committee to Preserve Social Security on Capitol Hill at a rally to support Social Security. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) hosted the rally. Reid, who has been a longtime supporter of the Social Security, recognized and thanked the Alliance and re-affirmed his support for the program, saying, “What irritates me is we hear pundits and politicians take the bait that's been thrown to them by these Republicans over those last few decades. You throw it to them and they grab it. They grab it and claim Social Security is headed for bankruptcy. It is not!”
Washington Alliance activist Steve Kofahl, a leader of American Federation of Government Employees members who work at the Social Security Administration, spoke of how draconian budget cuts in a bill recently passed by the U.S. House threaten the ability of agency employees to help current and future beneficiaries over the phone or in local offices. Also speaking at the rally were Senators Tom Harkin (D-IA), Bernie Sanders (D-VT), Al Franken (D-MN), and Richard Blumenthal (D-CT).
Alliance Members Make Voices Heard in Local Media
While the big insurance companies and Wall Street firms have millions to spend on top-dollar lobbyists and slick TV ads, Alliance members have the chance to get their voices heard – for free – in their community by writing letters to the editor in their local newspapers.
To recognize those who take a moment to speak on behalf of their fellow retirees, the Alliance’s Retirees With the Write Stuff campaign sends out a U.S. union-made pen to our members who have letters published in the newspaper. Recent winners include: Donald Singer, Bruce McCullough, James Reiland, M. Alma Cormican, Henry Ball, Nick Makrinos, Donald Carr, Joe Szenderski, Gary Adkins, Chuck Himmelspach Pataskala, Asiah Gayfield, Don Badie, Josh Roll.
The rules for Retirees With the Write Stuff couldn’t be more simple: write a letter, win a pen. If your letter is published, please send us a copy, along with your mailing address, to ARAcommunications@retiredamericans.org
No Payday Worries for CEOs
According to The Wall Street Journal, bonuses for CEO’s at 50 major corporations increased by a median of 30.5% in the past year, the biggest gain in at least three years. The largest pharmaceutical company, Pfizer, doubled the total compensation of its CEO, Ian Read, despite the 19,000 employees the company is expected to layoff.
“While Americans of all ages continue to struggle to put food on the table and pay their bills, there has never been a better time – or country – to be the CEO of a big corporation,” said Ruben Burks, Alliance Secretary-Treasurer. “This makes talk of cutting Social Security or Medicare all the more outrageous.”