SOCIAL SECURITY TALKING POINTS

Your voice is your strongest weapon in the fight to protect and extend your earned benefits—here is a tool to help you get loud!

WHEN THEY SAY… WE SAY…
Social Security is an unsustainable entitlement You pay into the Social Security Trust fund with every paycheck through FICA, it is an earned benefit that you worked for and therefore deserve
Social Security cannot be saved

Congressman Larson’s proposal, Social Security 2100 Act has been certified by non-partisan actuarial to be solvent beyond the next 75 years

Hard working Americans don’t need Social Security Nearly half of Americans have less than $10,000 saved for retirement and 62% of aged beneficiaries rely on Social Security to provide them with more than half of their retirement income
Everyone pays into Social Security equally, no changes are necessary Millionaires and Billionaires don’t have to pay into the fund at the rate of working class employees. As it stands now, payroll taxes are not collected on wages over $128,400—giving the Millionaires and Billionaires an undeserved tax break
Social Security isn’t reliable The Social Security Administration wrote the first check on January 31st, 1940—Social Security hasn’t missed a payment since.
Social Security is a senior benefit that just helps our aging population Social Security is the most effective anti-poverty program in the US, lifting 22 million people out of poverty, including 1 million children.
We can’t afford Social Security in the federal or state budget Social Security is a pay-as-you-go system consisting of 87% payroll taxes, 10% interest and 3% benefit taxation—no funds are taken from the federal or state budget
Congressman Larson’s Social Security 2100 Act increases benefits without addressing revenue sources This proposal calls for a raise in the payroll tax maximum to $400,000 rather than the present $128,400. This increases revenue progressively so that the average worker is still spending about $0.50/week on Social Security.

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