On January 25, 2011, President Obama will make his annual State of the Union address. It’s important that he use the speech to send a clear message to those who want to put Social Security on the chopping block: Social Security should be strengthened — not cut!
President Obama has opposed cutting and privatizing Social Security before. But we need him to speak out now in support of protecting and strengthening it.
If Social Security benefits are cut, women will bear much of the burden. Women live longer, rely more on Social Security and already have lower benefits. Average benefits for women are just $12,000 per year. But Social Security provides more than half the income of the majority of women 65 and older. For one in four older women, Social Security is virtually their only source of income.
Nearly all Americans depend on Social Security at some point in their lives. Most are retirees. But millions are disabled workers, widows and widowers, and children who have lost the support of a parent through death or disability. We need to keep the promise of Social Security alive for them — and future generations.
Social Security has not contributed a penny to the federal deficit, and it’s not in crisis. In fact, Social Security has a $2.6 trillion surplus — it can pay 100 percent of promised benefits for 25 years and over 75 percent of benefits after that. With modest adjustments, Social Security can be strengthened and improved. Yet some Members of Congress are supporting proposals that would cut Social Security benefits deeply and are trying to push them through Congress.
We need your help to protect the promise of Social Security. Tell President Obama: Women Can’t Afford Cuts to Social Security.
Dear President Obama,
I'm worried about the growing chorus of calls for cuts in Social Security benefits. I hope you will use the State of the Union message to send a clear message to those who want to put Social Security on the chopping block: Social Security should be strengthened, not cut!
Sincerely,[Your Name] [Your Address] [City, State ZIP]