The National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform meets behind closed doors trying to decide the fate of Social Security. It could recommend deep cuts to Social Security – and justify those cuts by saying that it’s necessary to reduce the deficit. Social Security has not contributed one dime to the federal deficit – it actually has a surplus of $2.6 trillion today. Social Security belongs to the people who have worked hard and paid taxes to the program. It should not be cut to reduce the deficit. The retirement age has already been raised from 65 to 66, and it will go to 67 in 2022. Some in Congress want to raise it to 70. That would cut benefits by 20 percent!
What we want: No Social Security cuts. No retirement age increase. No risky privatization schemes. We also want them to repeal the unfair Social Security offsets that threaten the retirement security of far too many educators, police, firefighters, and other public employees.
You can submit comments directly to the Commission at firstname.lastname@example.org . Tell them that Social Security Social Security is the cornerstone of the social safety net for America’s retired workers and that the program and its benefits must be protected. Urge Commission members to oppose privatization of Social Security and mandatory social security coverage. Tell them how important Social Security is to you. And, ask them to call for repeal of the Government Pension Offset and Windfall Elimination Provision. Share with the Commission your story about how the offsets have impacted you, or will impact you, when you retire.
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