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Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Keep Social Security off the chopping block

Date: Tue, 3 Dec 2013 09:55:03 -0500
Subject: Keep Social Security off the chopping block

  Social Security Works  

Dear M,

When we built our Social Security system in 1935, half of all seniors lived in poverty. Today, fewer than 10% do. Simply put, Social Security is the most successful social program in our country's history. And while it has flourished for 78 years, we cannot rest.

Social Security Works has been working tirelessly to keep Social Security working, fighting off the plutocrats who seek to dismantle this cornerstone of American economic security while simultaneously working with Congressional leaders to expand Social Security. You and I both know that recent cost of living adjustments (COLAs) have not been keeping up with seniors' actual living expenses. This year's COLA was only 1.5%! This must change.

This past year, several elected officials in Congress have heard your message of expanding Social Security and introduced bills that would ask millionaires and billionaires to pay their fair share. Right now, individuals only pay into Social Security on the first $113,700 they earn annually. It is wrong that we are not asking all Americans to pay into Social Security at the same rate.

While we have made much progress in 2013 to protect and expand Social Security, much more needs to be done. Next week, the Congressional Budget Reconciliation Committee is scheduled to give its recommendations on the upcoming federal budget—a negotiation that could put Social Security back on the chopping block.

Social Security Works has played a key role in ensuring that our elected officials know where the American people stand. We have told them through petition deliveries and letters and phone calls, "expand, don't cut Social Security!"

On this "Giving Tuesday," please consider giving as generously as possible to Social Security Works to ensure our voices continue to be heard in 2014 and beyond.

Social Security's decades long success has not stopped many on Wall Street and in Washington from calling for deep cuts to benefits known as the Chained CPI. And Social Security's $2.7 trillion surplus has not stopped those same wealthy individuals from continuing their mantra of saying Social Security is going broke.

We must continue our fight to protect and expand Social Security to make it even stronger for the next 78 years.
Please donate as generously as possible today!

Thank you for your continued generous support.


Michael Phelan
Social Security Works

P.S. Today is "Giving Tuesday" and as you make your year-end contributions, please consider a donation to Social Security Works. Thank you and happy holidays!

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