"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, 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
Social Security at 78 – Going Strong, Worth Fighting For
August 14, 2013
The following statement was issued by Edward F. Coyle, Executive Director of the Alliance for Retired Americans, on the occasion of the 78th birthday of Social Security.
“On today’s anniversary of Social Security, Americans across the country reflect on the strength and success of the program in its 78 years. Social Security provides financial security, independence, and dignity for seniors in their retirement years. Through war, Depression and multiple recessions, it has never missed a payment and has amassed a $2.7 trillion surplus.
“With the reliability of pensions, 401ks and housing values dwindling, Social Security remains more important than ever for today’s seniors and for future generations. Americans across the political spectrum strongly believe we need to strengthen this vital program, not cut it. Over the past months, citizen activists have been out in the streets with a message for any elected official considering compromising the program in a budget deal: ‘Don’t even think about it.’
“The average monthly benefit for a retiree is a modest $1,200. It is unreasonable to cut Social Security benefits, including raising the retirement age or adopting the chained CPI.
“Beyond dodging misguided cuts, there are proposals and support to strengthen Social Security well into the future while also enhancing benefits. Senator Harkin’s Strengthening Social Security Act of 2013, S. 567 lays out a framework that will help rebuild America’s retirement security. The bill extends the life of the Trust Fund by gradually lifting the payroll cap while increasing Social Security benefits by about $65 per month. It also adopts the CPI-E as the proper measure for calculating Social Security COLAs.
“Too many politicians and news outlets are still making the misguided claim that we need to cut Social Security in order to reduce the federal deficit. The truth is: Social Security has not contributed one penny to the deficit. Workers and employers pay into Social Security all their working lives.
“Social Security belongs to the people who have worked hard all their lives and contributed to the program, not to politicians in Washington who want to use it as a piggy bank to provide tax cuts to the rich or bailouts to Wall Street. Our children and grandchildren deserve a chance at a safe and secure retirement. We do not want to be the last generation to retire.”
For a new report the Alliance for Retired Americans released in coalition with Strengthen Social Security and Social Security Works on how Social Security works for our nation, click here: National report / State-by-state reports.
Contact: Laura Markwardt – 202-637-5178 / firstname.lastname@example.org