Remembering Katrina and more...

Remembering Katrina

“We are public servants first.  No one hesitated to volunteer.  Everyone just started doing what they could to help those in need.  That’s what Social Security is about.   It’s who we are.”...Social Security Administration Katrina volunteer When Hurricane Katrina hit landfall the early morning of August 29, 2005, Americans watched in terror as levees breached, thousands of people died in floods and hundreds of thousands of people in in Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama lost their homes.  Katrina was yet another reminder just how quickly life’s circumstances can take a turn. One of the great untold stories during these times of national crisis is the Social Security success story.  “SSA transported 171 volunteer employees from across the nation to join those employees who were still serving the public despite many having lost everything in the storm themselves. SSA quickly established six portable offices in southern Louisiana, ...

     

 

 

What If Your Social Security Was Riding the Wall Street Roller Coaster too?

Today might be a good day for a financial exercise... Chances are if your retirement savings are in a 401K or countless other market-based products, you may have seen what the latest Wall Street downturn has done to your balance. If not, go ahead and bite the bullet and check it.  After you get over the shock, check your Social Securitystatement.  Take some solace in knowing that while your market savings have taken a hit, the good news is your estimated Social Security benefit today is the same it was on Wednesday.  That’s why Social Security exists.  That’s why it works.  That’s why it’s beyond reason that so many in the GOP still support sending your Social Security to Wall Street and destroying the stable income protection (it’s not an investment) Social Security provides.  “In June, presidential candidate Jeb Bush said that he thinks the next president will have to try to privatize Social Security. Others have gotten behin ...

     

 

 

Social Security Benefits Available Retroactively to Same Sex Couples

The Department of Justice has announced the Social Security Administration will apply the Supreme Court's recent landmark marriage rulingretroactively and process pending spousal benefits claims for same-sex couples who lived in states that did not previously recognize their marriages.  This is terrific news for hundreds of survivors, like NCPSSM member Kathy Murphy, who is a Texas widow denied spousal benefits after the death of her wife.  Lambda Legal represents Kathy and the National Committee in a lawsuit filed last year arguing that denying Social Security benefits to same-sex spouses because they live in states that discriminate against their marriages violates the U.S. Constitution.  Kathy talked to the New York Times about her case: “She has been unable to collect survivor and death benefits from Social Security since she lost her spouse, Sara Barker, to cancer in 2012. Ms. Murphy retired from her career in publishing in 2011, earlier than she expected, to care f ...

     

 

 

What Would FDR Say About Social Security Today?

National Committee grassroots volunteers and members joined President Franklin Roosevelt at the U.S. Capitol today to celebrate Social Security’s 80th anniversary. FDR talked with visitors, young and old alike, (even some Capitol Hill staff) and reminded everyone of the critical role Social Security plays in the lives of millions of Americans.  “The test of our progress is not whether we ad more to the abundance of those who have much it is whether we provide enough for those who have little.”  Franklin Delano Roosevelt, January 1937 Visitors shared their own thoughts about Social Security by completing the sentence   I love Social Security because... “It protects my grammy, and it’s there for me if I ever need it!” “It’s the closest thing my parents will ever have to a pension.” “It means we get to eat, pay bills, see doctors, and purchase medicines.” “I can keep living in my house and pay the bills.&rdqu ...

     

 

 

Populism, Promises and Privatization: Mike Huckabee and Social Security

Former Governor and GOP Presidential hopeful, Mike Huckabee, found out early in the primary race a populist tone combined with a promise not to cut Social Security and Medicare benefits would provide a political opportunity to distinguish himself from the GOP pack who’ve been racing to see who could cut more middle-class benefits faster. Unfortunately, Huckabee’s Oped in the DesMoines Register today made it abundantly clear that, in spite of his rhetoric, his actually plans for the programs are just more of the same: repeal Obamacare and the billions in benefits and years of solvency that comes with it, privatize the programs, and replace Social Security’s funding with a regressive tax changing the program from an earned benefit into a welfare program. You have to ask yourself, is this really how a champion of Social Security and Medicare describes these programs? “Washington confiscates money from every American’s paycheck” “The government grabs tha ...

     

 

 

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