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Wednesday, August 11, 2010


Glassman Signs Social Security Pledge


August 9, 2010 

U.S. Senate candidate Rodney Glassman has signed a pledge not to cut Social Security benefits or raise the retirement age, which would extend poverty for nearly half of Americans who turn 65.

Glassman signed the pledge today in response to Republican leaders’ recent pledge to raise the retirement age, the opening move in an attack on the popular New Deal program that saves American seniors from abject poverty.

Republicans like John McCain followed President George W. Bush into trying to gut the program, until the American people stood up and said “no.” At that time, 47 percent of Social Security recipients would have lived in poverty without the program. By 2030, the AARP projects that one in four Arizonans will be older than 65.

“I will not undermine the promise of financial security that Social Security has provided for our seniors,” Glassman said. “I’m glad to sign the pledge because this money belongs to the working families who have contributed. Today’s seniors have earned the right not to live their lives in poverty. I also pledge to strengthen Social Security for future generations.”

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