Social Security has been the most effective anti-poverty program in the history of our nation. It is fully funded for the next 37 years. Even after that, it can be fully funded simply by scrapping the cap and requiring the wealthy to pay their fair share into the Social Security Fund. There is no one in Congress who has been more outspoken against cutting Social Security that Dennis Kucinich. Dennis’s voting record on Senior Issues is rated 100% by the Alliance of Retired Americans (ARA). As others were willing to put Social Security on the chopping block in 2011 and advocated for increasing the age to qualify for benefits, or reducing cost of living benefits, Dennis Kucinich led the charge in Congress to talk Social Security off of the chopping block. And Dennis succeeded for now. But one of the main reasons we need to keep Dennis in Congress is to insure that Social Security remains protected in the future. Dennis at the Social Security Forum at Highline College on April 12, 2012 Says Scrap the Cap: ANDY HOBBS Federal Way Mirror Editor April 13, 2012 · One in four Washington state households rely on Social Security benefits, along with 54 million people nationwide. As demand for benefits grows, so does the call for reforming the system. Social Security Works Washington, a new statewide coalition of labor and retiree groups, is hammering home the idea of "scrapping the cap."That cap is the Social Security collection limit on incomes above $106,800 per year (that number becomes $110,100 in 2012). All citizens earning incomes at that level and below are taxed 6.2 percent. An April 12 forum at Highline Community College promoted the lifting or outright removal of this cap. Doing so, proponents say, will increase benefits and strengthen Social Security by trillions of dollars. Ohio Congressman Dennis Kucinich delivered a fiery pitch for Social Security reform at Thursday's forum. Kucinich, a Democrat, opposes the privatization Social Security. He also opposes a later retirement age or any cuts to benefits. He says lifting the cap is a simple solution that will make Social Security solvent. "The Social Security debate today is very class-based," he told a crowd at the Highline campus. "Social Security is not going broke. … It has money in a trust fund to pay 100 percent of benefits through 2036 without any changes whatsoever." Kucinich was referring to the Social Security trust fund, which is worth about $2.6 trillion, enough to help fully fund the system until 2037. Other factors such as a full-employment economy, he said, will mean more people pay into the system.Below are three short videos of Dennis speaking at the Social Security Forum at Highline College on April 12, 2012. These are followed by Dennis speaking about the need to protect Social Security and then a brief popular and funny video called Scrap the Cap.
Dennis Kucinich on the Fed, trade, and fair taxation and how they are all related to protecting Social Security 3 minutes
Dennis Kucinich on war and how it diverts money away from social programs and jobs 1 minute
Social Security is about Freedom and Economic Justice for All Americans
We are at a moment in our country’s history where this single issue of Social Security points to the struggle that is going as to whether or not we will in the words of Lincoln be able to sustain a government of the people by the people and for the people. That is what is at stake in our struggle to protect social security.
Dennis Kucinich speaking about the need to protect Social Security
April 12, 2012 Highline Community College
Dennis Kucinich concluding words at the Social Security Forum 2 minutes
Dennis speaking about the need to protect Social Security in 2011: Stop Playing Political Games with Social SecurityIn a one minute speech on the Floor of Congress in July 2011, Dennis Kucinich exposes the lies that where being used as an excuse to cut Social Security benefits. Below is the text of this speech.
Three months ago 276 experts on Social Security, the federal budget or the economy wrote to President Obama "to correct a commonly held misconception -- that Social Security somehow contributes to the federal government's deficit."
Despite the fact that Social Security has a $2.6 trillion dollar surplus and can pay 100% of its benefits through 2037 without any cuts or tax increases, President Obama declared yesterday that Social Security checks may not go out after August 2, presumably unless there is a deal on the federal deficit - - which has nothing to do with Social Security.
According to today's Washington Post, fifteen years ago Congress passed laws which stated Social Security did not count against the debt limit and gave Treasury clear authority to use Social Security trust funds to pay benefits and administration expenses in the event a debt ceiling is reached.
A fake Social Security crisis will do nothing to solve a real debt crisis, will undermine the public's faith in government and will create unnecessary anxiety among our elderly.
Stop playing political games with Social Security. Dennis Kucinich: Social Security Has NOTHING To Do With The Debt CrisisIn the following 5 minute interview, Congressman Dennis Kucinich explains why the Debt Crisis should not be used as an excuse to cut Social Security.
Congressman Kucinich has authored and co-sponsored legislation to create a national health care system, preserve Social Security, lower the costs of prescription drugs, provide economic development through infrastructure improvements, abolish the death penalty, provide universal prekindergarten to all 3, 4, and 5 year olds, create a Department of Peace, regulate genetically engineered foods, repeal the USA PATRIOT Act, and provide tax relief to working class families. Congressman Kucinich has been honored by Public Citizen, the Sierra Club, Friends of the Earth and the League of Conservation Voters as a champion of clean air, clean water and an unspoiled earth. Kucinich has twice been an official United States delegate to the United Nations Convention on Climate Change (1998, 2004) and attend the 2002 World Summit on Sustainable Development in Johannesburg, South Africa.Scrap the Cap (or we’re moving in!): The following 3 minute video shows what will happen if Social Security is cut. Seniors will have no choice but to move in with relatives who still have a job…
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