Social Security Should Be Off the Table

July 07, 2011

Recent media reports have suggested that the White House, along with congressional leaders from both parties, might consider proposing cuts to Social Security benefits. While we hope the reports are untrue, this is the right moment to tell President Obama and our political leaders to leave Social Security alone.

Social Security must not be a bargaining chip during deficit-reduction negotiations. Social Security did not cause the federal deficit — in fact, the program is “off budget” — and it should not be looted to address America’s financial problems, especially at the expense of working families who depend on its programs the most. AAUW has long believed in the idea of shared sacrifice and budgets that balance individual rights with responsibilities to the greater community.

Cuts to this vital program would be all pain, no gain for countless Americans, especially for older women, more than half of whom would fall into poverty without Social Security benefits. While these are tough economic times, there is a right way and a wrong way to balance the budget. In the end, it comes down to priorities. The budget must not be balanced on the backs of those who can least afford it. AAUW urges policy makers to stand strong and keep Social Security cuts off the negotiating table.

Lisa Maatz By:   |   July 07, 2011


  1. AAUW, thank you for being a strong voice for women!

  2. ralph miranda says:

    i have been receiving social security for the last 15 years and am still working part time. i feel i have earned what i receive each month because i have worked all of my life and deserve what i get. i totally oppose any change in this program and urge congress and the senate to leave social security and medicare alone. go after millionaires and big corporations and oil companies. i realize that most of the representatives and senators are in the 250,000 dollars and up area and that they do not want to pay higher taxes, but lets be realistic, don’t hurt the everyday american, they have made this country what it is today.

  3. arizona medicare drug coverage says:

    I couldn’t agree with you more. many lives will be affected, specially the women, if the proposed cut on Social Security will push through. Indeed sacrifices must be made but hopefully the bulk of it won’t be thrown to those that are more in need.

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