Social Security comprises about 40 percent of older Americans’ income, making it the primary component to ensuring a secure retirement. It is worth noting that in its 75 years of existence, Social Security has not added a cent to our country’s budget deficit. Nevertheless, even as the baby boomers begin to retire, some fiscal conservatives have labeled Social Security as “unsustainable” and in need of “serious cuts.” This year, the president established a Fiscal Commission, comprised in part of individuals who seek to reduce the funding to Social Security as a means to fixing America’s budget deficit. While dealing with America’s financial troubles must be a top priority, cutting Social Security is not a viable or sustainable solution. Now more than ever, we must work to preserve this critical program from being subjected to cuts by deficit hawks. To learn more about the importance of Social Security and how best to advocate on its behalf, please see the fact sheets and issue briefs below. Join the fight and ensure a secure retirement for future generations!
Alliance for Retired Americans Social Security Resources
Fact Sheet: Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) – Spotlights the SSDI program and its importance to retirement security and general welfare.
Testimony for July 15 2010 Ways and Means Committee Social Security Subcommittee Hearing – “Social Security at 75 Years: More Necessary Now Than Ever” – testimony, including facts about Social Security and recent statistics on retirement security, related to Social Security’s 75th anniversary.
Social Security Facts and Figures 2010 – A snapshot that answers: When can I receive benefits? Who is eligible? How do I apply?
Issue Brief: Social Security – A Promise to All Generations – A comprehensive overview on the importance of Social Security and its benefits.
Fact Sheet Social Security Executive Commission April 2010 – en espanol – A detailed synopsis of what is going on with the Fiscal Commission and why it affects Social Security.