The Open Dimension

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I am a semi-retired psychotherapist/psychiatric social worker and certified hypnotherapist. Originally a practicing attorney, I changed careers during the 1980's. My interests include history, constitutional law, Hindustani classical music, yoga, meditation and spirituality.

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Help Strengthen Social Security

"Social Security on the chopping block." "Cutting Social Security." "Don't Cut Social Security Benefits!"

I'm sick to death of headlines like that. I'm sick of time and again being forced to defend Social Security from greedy politicians -- when the reality is more seniors and families depend on Social Security for basic needs like food and shelter than ever before.

Here's the simple truth: 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.

Sign our petition calling for expanding benefits and strengthening Social Security today.

Thanks to Wall Street's reckless behavior, more than half of American families have seen their savings wiped out, and won't be able to afford a basic standard of living in retirement. The last time this happened (the Great Depression), Americans came together and created Social Security -- freeing millions of seniors from crushing poverty and laying the foundation for generations of prosperity.

Now, as we slowly recover from the Great Recession, all we hear is talk of "austerity" and cutting benefits. That's not who we are, and that's not the deal we need. It's time to change the conversation.

Senators Tom Harkin and Mark Begich have the right idea. They've proposed bills that would strengthen and enhance Social Security for generations to come. That's the kind of renewed commitment to community and security we need -- let's show them we've got their backs.

Tell Congress: Now is the time to support seniors and strengthen Social Security.

Fired up,


Jim Dean, Chair
Democracy for America