This needs to become a defining issue for 2014 and 2016. Instead of chained cpi or other cuts, SOCIAL SECURITY SHOULD BE EXPANDED.
There is a growing movement to do just that. Now, we need to just get the idea out among people.
“Social Security is the most effective anti-poverty program in history. Forget cutting it — we need to double down on success and make it even stronger,” Jim Dean, the chair of Democracy for America will say in an email to supporters today.Salon: Growing consensus on Social Security: Expand it
The coalition of leading progressive groups, including the Progressive Change Campaign Committee, Democracy for America, Credo Action, MoveOn.org, Progressives United, and Social Security Works, are joining together to back a plan introduced by Democratic Sens. Tom Harkin and Mark Begich to boost benefits and shore up Social Security’s finances for the better part of the next century
A new PPP poll commissioned by DFA and the PCCC found that 51 percent of Americans support the Harkin-Begich framework, which would boost benefits for 75-year-old workers by $452 per year and by $807 per year for 85-year-olds. Twenty-four percent said they didn’t support the plan, and another 24 said they weren’t sure.
How to pay for it you say? Eliminate the cap on the 6% social security tax. Currently, it is at $113,700. Let the Koch Brothers and other billionaires start to pay their fair share.
It's popular also:
The new poll commissioned by the groups found that 62 percent of Americans support removing the cap, while 20 percent oppose it and another 18 percent are unsure.Salon: Growing consensus on Social Security: Expand it
Doing this won't happen overnight. It may take years, even a decade or more. But if we don't start, if we don't try, it never will happen. I think it's a fight worth having.