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As Social Security Marks 77th Year, Seniors Call Out Romney/Ryan for Their Privatization & Benefit Cuts Stance

August 14, 2012

“As we mark this 77th anniversary, Social Security’s promise of economic security for average Americans is facing the biggest threat of its long and successful service to our nation.  For too many political candidates, including the GOP Romney/Ryan Presidential ticket, Social Security is seen as little more than a budget target. They intend to use it to fund tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans and allow Wall Street to access American workers’ Social Security funds.  While politicians use Social Security as a political bargaining chip, millions of Americans depend on it as their lifeline.

Through times of war, economic crises, natural disasters and even terrorist attacks, Social Security has proven time and again to be the model of what an effective, efficient and compassionate government can do for its citizens.  It represents America’s core values of hard work, contribution and intergenerational equity. 

On this anniversary, it’s vital for the American people to understand the potential economic and political forces that could radically alter the core values that have defined America’s economic security priorities for almost eighty years.  Social Security is a program we should be emulating…not threatening to tear down. ” Max Richtman, NCPSSM President/CEO

 

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