Social Security is one of the most successful and effective government programs ever implemented. Since 1940 it has kept millions of seniors and disabled Americans out of poverty and provided a safety net for millions families of disabled workers, and a lifeline for families who lost a breadwinner too soon. Many people don't realize that more than 4 million young people under the age of 18 receive income from Social Security survivors, retirement and disability benefits and over a million children are lifted out of poverty by Social Security each year.
People are being lulled into believing that Social Security will not be there for the younger generations. This is simply not true. Not only will Social Security survive, it will thrive. The same people saying that Social Security will not survive, are those who are proposing cutting benefits and privatizing the system. Social Security is a guaranteed benefit earned over a lifetime of hard work that should never be subject to the whims of Wall Street, which cost millions of Americans their retirement savings during the Bush financial meltdown. Social Security is more important than ever.
I have fought many times against those who would make damaging or arbitrary cuts to Social Security or gamble that security in the stock market. I will continue to do my part to uphold this sacred trust for generations yet to come.