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Senator Elizabeth Warren. (photo: AP)

My brother David has always had the special spark in our family.

Like our two older brothers, David served in the military. When he got out, he started a small business -z- and when that one didn't work out, he started another one. He couldn't imagine an America where he wasn't living by his wits every single day.

Year after year, my brother paid into Social Security. He never questioned it. He figured he was paying so that he -- and a lot of other people -- could have a secure retirement.

Today my brother lives on his Social Security. That's about $1,100 a month. $13,200 a year.

I'm telling you my brother's story not because it's unusual, but because it's like the story of so many other people. I can almost guarantee that you know someone -- a family member, friend, or neighbor -- who counts on Social Security checks to get by.

That's why I was shocked to hear that the President's newest budget proposal would cut $100 billion in Social Security benefits. Our Social Security system is critical to protecting middle class families, and we cannot allow it to be dismantled inch by inch.

The President's policy proposal, known as "chained CPI," would re-calculate the cost of living for Social Security beneficiaries. That new number won't keep up with inflation on things like food and health care -- the basics that we need to live.

In short, "chained CPI" is just a fancy way to say "cut benefits for seniors, the permanently disabled, and orphans."

Two-thirds of seniors rely on Social Security for most of their income; one-third rely on it for at least 90% of their income. These people aren't stashing their Social Security checks in the Cayman Islands and buying vacation homes in Aruba -- they are hanging on by their fingernails to their place in the middle class.

My brothers and I grew up in an America that invested in its kids and built a strong middle class. An America that allowed millions of children to rise from poverty and establish secure lives. An America that created Social Security and Medicare so that seniors could live with dignity.

We can't chip away at America's middle class and break the promise we made to our seniors.




 

Elizabeth Warren was assistant to the president and a special adviser to the Treasury secretary on the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. She single-handedly set us this bureau, putting in place the building blocks for an agency that will make (more...)
 
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" ... but because it's like the story of so many o... by Ad Du on Friday, Apr 12, 2013 at 7:16:43 AM
Its Warrens party and leader - Obama - pushing the... by Poor old Dirt farmer on Friday, Apr 12, 2013 at 9:04:08 AM
I cannot think of any congressman past or present ... by Dan Yazbek on Friday, Apr 12, 2013 at 2:18:24 PM
Kucinich was my favorite congressperson - but we a... by Poor old Dirt farmer on Friday, Apr 12, 2013 at 7:00:26 PM
I honestly don't know, but will look it up tomorro... by Amy Schreiner on Sunday, Apr 14, 2013 at 1:28:34 AM
I see that she wasn't in the position to vote one ... by Amy Schreiner on Sunday, Apr 14, 2013 at 3:45:27 PM
If it were not, we wd all get rich because inflati... by Lester Shepherd on Friday, Apr 12, 2013 at 11:14:58 AM
I think we need a massive march on DC by all of th... by Marta Steele on Friday, Apr 12, 2013 at 1:13:38 PM
I have been reading such bad press re Margaret Tha... by Suzana Megles on Friday, Apr 12, 2013 at 1:57:48 PM
I recently sent a note to our delegate in Maryland... by Paul from Potomac on Friday, Apr 12, 2013 at 1:58:43 PM
is always  good to know. Even if she is a sen... by Mark Sashine on Friday, Apr 12, 2013 at 7:05:15 PM
The elite/Obama handlers are using an ax to bombar... by Deborah Dills on Friday, Apr 12, 2013 at 7:09:59 PM
What happened to the America we grew up in ? Peopl... by dorothy przystas on Friday, Apr 12, 2013 at 8:17:06 PM
I grew up in a fairly comfortable area of the east... by Deborah Dills on Friday, Apr 12, 2013 at 10:50:20 PM
How can Republicans believe America will prosper a... by Simon Leigh on Friday, Apr 12, 2013 at 7:52:39 PM
Revenge for 911 that was a big one going into Iraq... by Lance Ciepiela on Friday, Apr 12, 2013 at 11:56:48 PM
The American people are being thrown under the bus... by Deborah Dills on Saturday, Apr 13, 2013 at 1:59:30 AM
An alternative to the grim Grand Bargain is offere... by Deborah Dills on Saturday, Apr 13, 2013 at 2:04:26 AM
mentioned above and I have to agree with your post... by dorothy przystas on Saturday, Apr 13, 2013 at 2:23:37 PM
Social security is now given by the new index Ronn... by kappie on Saturday, Apr 13, 2013 at 9:48:14 AM
Just this past week one of my husbands presciption... by dorothy przystas on Sunday, Apr 14, 2013 at 1:35:36 AM
Sage and simple words from our Senator... by Matt Okeefe on Monday, Apr 15, 2013 at 4:22:13 AM