Campaign 2012

March 6, 2012

A new Harris poll shows that only 12% of Americans want to cut Social Security. All Republican candidates for President endorse cuts in Social Security.  What is wrong with this picture?  Social Security Disability Insurance is an entitlement program.  Individuals pay Social Security taxes to insure that if they become disabled, there is a government sponsored insurance plan from which they can draw.  As it stands, obtaining benefits is often a difficult and lengthy process.  Even when approved, the average monthly check is about $950.00.  Regardless of the amount an individual draws, it never comes close to replacing their income.  Reducing Social Security benefits would undercut the goals of assisting Americans when they are at their most vulnerable — when they are sick and unable to work and when they are older and less able to work.

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