"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, 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, 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, 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
Retirees Tell Rick Perry: You Can Run, But You Can't Hide on Social Security
August 19, 2011
For Immediate Release
August 19, 2011
The following statement was issued today by Edward F. Coyle, Executive Director of the Alliance for Retired Americans:
“Today’s retirees weren’t born yesterday. They know why Rick Perry is backpedaling on Social Security.
“After being confronted yesterday by members of the New Hampshire Alliance for Retired Americans, Gov. Perry and his campaign have been tripping over themselves to run from his previously stated views that Social Security is a ‘Ponzi Scheme,’ is unconstitutional, is a ‘bad disease,’ and is ‘a crumbling monument to the failure of the New Deal.’ These extreme views do not reflect the experiences of millions of Americans of all ages who have stayed out of poverty because of Social Security.
“Media reports in the past 24 hours show a variety of awkward attempts by Perry and his campaign to scale back his extreme views on Social Security that are clearly out of the mainstream of public opinion. It is particularly galling for Perry’s campaign to say that the Social Security positions Perry stated in his book are outdated, when the ink is barely dry on what was published last fall.
“In the 2012 elections, older voters – a swing voting bloc – will keep a close eye on all the candidates. Retirees know how important Social Security is to them and all Americans, and they want it to remain strong for generations to come.”
Contact: David Blank (202) 637-5275 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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