"Under the guise of deficit reduction, some in Congress are using scare tactics to mislead the American public into making sweeping cuts to Social Security. I strongly oppose such cuts, which would break critical moral commitments we have made as a nation, because they are unnecessary and unwise, and, ultimately, unconscionable.
Despite the claims of skeptics and cynics, Social Security is in fact a great American success story. Before Social Security, more than half of all seniors lived in poverty. Today, that number is less than 10 percent, still too large but a historic achievement. More than 50 million Americans nationwide rely on Social Security - and more than half a million of them reside in Connecticut. Raising the eligibility age or imposing a means test would harm middle-class families and contradict the founding principles of Social Security.
People who work behind a desk may be capable of working into their late 60s, but seniors who perform manual labor cannot and should not. A means test undercuts the principle that Social Security is a shared, common social contract. Some of the other proposed cuts to Social Security would severely reduce staff, delaying distribution of basic retirement claims and disability payments."
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