The Open Dimension

Commentary on social issues; politics; religion and spirituality

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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, August 29, 2013

Social Security Works

When our elected officials stand up for us, it’s important that we stand with them. Recently, over 300,000 people stood with Senators Tom Harkin (D-IA) and Mark Begich (D-AK) to expand, not cut, Social Security. We need you to add your name today.

Join Senators Harkin and Begich and over 300,000 people in demanding that Congress expand, not cut, Social Security.

Senators Harkin and Begich have proposed legislation that would:

  • Increase cost of living adjustments (COLAs), not decrease them. Instead of cutting benefits through a Chained CPI formula, Senators Harkin and Begich have proposed using a benefit formula designed specifically to take into account seniors’ rising living expenses such as healthcare, food, and housing.
  • Increase Social Security benefits for almost all recipients by approximately $70 per month, or $800 a year. Senator Harkin’s bill would reform the benefit formula for all beneficiaries, but target those most in need. This would result in an across the board benefit increase, with the most going to those in the lower and middle classes.
  • Ensure that the wealthy are paying their fair share into Social Security. Currently, Americans are only paying Social Security payroll taxes on their first $113,700. That means that Wall Street CEOs are not paying the same rate as the rest of us. By lifting the payroll tax cap on Social Security, we can extend the life of Social Security for decades to come while expanding benefits.
Show Senators Harkin and Begich that we have their backs. Join over 300,000 people today and demand that Congress expand, not cut, Social Security.
When Congress reconvenes next month, it’s critical that our elected officials know where we stand. Thank you for taking action and for supporting two Social Security champions.

Alex Lawson
Social Security Works