"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
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.’