Social Security survivor benefits make it possible for children to live at home instead of being sent to an orphanage when a parent dies. Social Security old age benefits ensure you can retire with dignity. If you become injured or are unable to work, Social Security disability benefits will help keep you afloat.
As one of the most popular family protection lifelines for decades, Social Security has been a tricky target for Republicans who want to privatize and eliminate this valuable social insurance. Because of this, one tactic is to pit young against old. Young Social Security experts aren't buying it.
This year, 40 Social Security experts between the ages of 22 and 40 challenged 81-year-old former Sen. Alan Simpson, who has been traveling the United States pushing for benefit cuts, to a debate on his budget plan, which would cut Social Security benefits for younger workers. Read more from Strengthen Social Security.
Seniors and other progressive groups are mobilizing to tell Congress no more tax breaks for the wealthiest 2% and no benefit cuts to Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid. The video at the beginning of this post shows a flash mob of Alliance for Retired Americans members speaking out about the lame-duck session of Congress and explaining why these lifelines are so important for all generations.