"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
Joint Letter Critical of False Budget Claims
For Immediate Release
Washington DC – Thirty state retiree leaders today told President Obama that he has “the opportunity to renew the nation’s commitment to the Social Security program during the State of the Union Address” and urged him to reject false claims that Social Security increases the federal budget deficit.
In a joint letter signed by 30 presidents of state chapters of the Alliance for Retired Americans, the retiree leaders said they are concerned that “many in Washington will try to take advantage of the nation’s current debt situation and cause permanent damage to the Social Security program.” The co-signers wrote that the program is fully-financed by worker and employer contributions and that the “current debt situation should not be a political cover for attacking Social Security.”
Noting recent moves to cut benefits and raise the retirement age, the state retiree leaders wrote to the President, “we strongly urge you to resist such efforts... the debate over the current debt situation is not the forum for debating the future of Social Security.”
For a copy of the letter, go to http://bit.ly/dK1pBa.
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