Our Social Security system is about to celebrate its 80th birthday, and as a future retiree I get upset when I hear politicians talk about cutting and privatizing the program to trim the federal budget. Social Security is paid for by American workers and employers; it doesn’t add a penny to the deficit.
These days it’s hard enough for retired folks and workers to get by. We face a retirement security crisis. Pensions are disappearing; the middle class is shrinking; it’s harder than ever to save for retirement. Cutting the Social Security benefits we earn would only serve to push millions of seniors into poverty.
Keeping Social Security healthy is critical to stopping this crisis from getting any worse. We should be looking to strengthen Social Security, not cut it. By simply having all Americans, including the super-rich, pay their fair share into the Social Security system, we can extend the life of the Social Security trust fund and modestly increase benefits for most beneficiaries.
For generations our Social Security system has been the foundation of retirement in America. We have to maintain and expand it to make sure it’s there for generations to come.
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Tracie Roberts, Boise