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Sunday, August 16, 2015

The American people are buying into their phony Social Security crisis…

imageThis week, Social Security turned 80 years old and we’re celebrating with birthday parties across the country.
Unfortunately, the right-wing (GOP/Republicants) is celebrating too, but for very different reasons. They are celebrating that the media and the American people are buying into their phony Social Security crisis.
The New York Times recently wrote that, “Rising national debt levels may threaten the ability of millennials to collect on promised Social Security and Medicare benefits.” And this phony talking point is sinking in – in fact, recent surveys show that 43% of young people believe that Social Security won’t be there for them when they retire.
Thankfully, we have the facts on our side and we’re prepared to fight back!
On Social Security’s 80th birthday, fight the renewed attacks on Social Security.

For 80 years, through good times and bad, Social Security has paid out every benefit owed to every eligible American in full and on time. And the message we need the American people to get is that Social Security is not going broke. It has a $2.8 trillion surplus, can pay out every benefit owed to every eligible American for the next 19 years and approximately 80% of benefits owed after that if no action is taken.
And when we finally ask the wealthy to start paying their fair share, we can not only extend the lifespan of the Social Security trust fund, we can increase benefits for the majority of Americans.

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