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Sen. Menendez And Citizen Action Celebrate 75 Years Of Social Security With New Jersey Seniors

NJ.com — Friday, August 13, 2010

By John D. Atlas

Yesterday U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez joined New Jersey Citizen Action, seniors and other advocates in Hoboken to celebrate the 75th anniversary of social security in the United States. With the battle over the social security heating up in Washington, the New Jersey event emphasized that it must be preserved as a federal government run program. Advocates are organizing 100 celebrations across the country during August to commemorate the anniversary.

Social Security as we know it is in political, not financial danger. Republican leaders like Alan Simpson one of two chairs of a bipartisan commission created by President Obama to study the Federal deficit have created a sense of crisis around Social Security. He said raiding Social Security to pay for other government expenditures is perfectly fine with him. Don't think you can depend on the Democrats either.

As the New York Times reported on August 9, Social Security is holding up even in the face of a weak economy. According to the Times, "...without any changes, it will be able to pay full benefits until 2037 and partial benefits after that, the same estimate as in last year's report, despite temporary setbacks from the recession."

AARP and New Jersey Citizen Action, the State's largest, independent citizen watchdog are leading the fight in NJ to preserve one the most successful social service programs in this country.

President Franklin Delano Roosevelt enacted Social Security to help protect individuals and families from the dangers of poverty and it has ensured that every generation of seniors for the past 75 years has been able to retire with dignity and has also provided financial security to surviving spouses and the disabled. As Salowe-Kaye said at yesterday's event, Social Security is paid for through a dedicated tax contribution by workers and represents the best of American values - reward for hard work, honoring our parents and caring for our neighbors.

At the Hoboken event, Citizen Action released a new study showing how much Social Security has benefited New Jersey residents.

Social Security provides disability benefits, including for spouses and children of disabled workers, 169,800 workers.

If we want to preserve Social Security let our representatives know we want them to keep their hands off our Social Security. No cuts. Period. That means no raising the retirement age, messing with how benefits are calculated, no privatization. For the best information on Social Security go to: http://socialsecurity-works.org/author/alex-lawson/

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