America’s senior citizens are furious. They’re financially responsible. They saved for retirement. Don’t they have the right to expect the government to do the same?
WASHINGTON (PRWEB) July 13, 2018
Today seniors advocacy nonprofit The Seniors Center announced their Trust Fund Emergency Petition has officially hit another crucial milestone on its way toward meeting a one million-signature goal.
The national petition drive has collected signatures from over 360,000 supporters, seniors, and Americans concerned for the financial stability and future of Social Security.
“We’re getting an amazing response. Senior citizens who have never been involved in politics are getting involved,” said Dan Perrin, President of The Seniors Center. “America’s senior citizens are furious. They’re financially responsible. They saved for retirement. Don’t they have the right to expect the government to do the same?”
The Trust Fund Emergency Petition is the cornerstone campaign of what Perrin and The Seniors Center hope to build into a massive grassroots effort to dramatically change the way the federal government handles Social Security investment and financing.
The petition calls on Congress to pass legislation making three critical changes to Social Security:
By creating a trust account in the truest sense in which all payroll contributions are deposited for the payment of Social Security retirement benefits;
By legally ending the practice wherein Social Security surplus funds are borrowed to finance general expenditures, ensuring FICA payroll contributions are solely used for the payment of benefits;
And legally requiring the United States Treasury to begin to accelerate the process of repaying all funds taken from Social Security.
“Our members are retirees and soon-to-be retirees,” said Perrin. “They’ve worked all their lives, paid taxes, and budgeted to be able to retire comfortably. But now that they’re there, we’re talking more and more about Social Security’s instability--and all the while they’re finding out there was no ‘trust fund’ in the first place and the federal government spent all those contributions on debts.”
In the coming weeks, The Seniors Center plans to unveil new legislative initiatives to add to an already growing grassroots movement.
For now, the organization will continue to focus on reaching their one million-signature goal, collecting signatures through their online petition and via traditional mail to supporters.
To sign The Seniors Center’s Trust Fund Emergency Petition, please visit The Seniors Center’s website. To get more information and get involved with The Seniors Center, visit http://www.TheSeniors.Center.
The Seniors Center is a program of Our Generation, a 501(c)(4) nonprofit organization.