Mind and Destiny

“I make no pretension to patriotism. So long as my voice can be heard ... I will hold up America to the lightning scorn of moral indignation. In doing this, I shall feel myself discharging the duty of a true patriot; for he is a lover of his country who rebukes and does not excuse its sins. It is righteousness that exalteth a nation while sin is a reproach to any people.”- Frederick Douglass

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Saturday, May 07, 2016

A Promise


Hillary Clinton doesn’t consider Social Security to be just another federal program, she considers it a promise.
For 80 years, Social Security has reflected a belief that every American should be able to retire with dignity after decades of hard work.  No American should face poverty because of being disabled, or when a loved one dies.
Republicans have used scare tactics about the future and effectiveness of Social Security to push through policies that would jeopardize it.  Hillary believes that Social Security must remain a rock-solid benefit that seniors can count and not be subject to the fluctuations of the stock market.  She is oppose to reducing annual cost-of-living adjustments, raising the retirement age, and closing long-term shortfall on the backs of the middle class.
Hillary will fight to expand Social Security for those who need it most and are being treated unfairly.  For example: the poverty rate for widowed women 65 or older is nearly 90 percent higher than for other seniors, in part because when a spouse dies, families can face a steep benefit cut.  For a two-earner couple, those benefit cuts can be as much as 50 percent. Hillary believes that we have to change that by reducing how much Social Security benefits drop when a spouse dies, so that the loss of a spouse doesn’t mean financial hardship or falling into poverty.
Millions of women and men take time out of the paid workforce to raise a child, take care of an aging parent or look after an ailing family member.  Caregiving is work that benefits our entire economy.  However, when Americans take time off to take care of a relative, that can reduce their Social Security benefits at retirement, because benefits are calculated based on their top thirty-five years of earnings.  No one should face meager Social Security checks because they took on the vital role of caregiver for part of their career.  Americans should receive credit toward their Social Security benefits when they are out of the paid workforce because they are acting as caregivers.
Hillary understands that there is no way to guarantee dignity in retirement without asking the highest-income Americans to pay more, including options to tax some of their income above the current Social Security cap, and taxing some of their income not currently taken into account by the Social Security system.

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