No matter their party registration, what their career was or how long they have called Florida home, voters across the Sunshine State agree that Social Security is critical to maintaining the health and wellbeing of retirees and our communities.
That is why the Florida Alliance for Retired Americans (FLARA), a non-profit organization with more than 200,000 members, continues to make a strong Social Security a key issue for candidates at all levels of government every election.
This year, FLARA is going to take the issue directly to candidates by asking them to publically sign a pledge against efforts to privatize, cut or otherwise damage the retirement security of millions of Americans.
The pledge and the plan to birddog candidates around the state will be discussed with FLARA members at the quarterly executive board meeting being held on Monday, September 19 and the Ramada Hotel and Conference Center in Lakeland.
Candidates will be invited to attend this meeting so they can sign the pledge and explain their plans to protect Social Security for today’s retirees and tomorrow’s workers. Other events will be planned in the coming weeks.
“This election we are giving candidates the chance to show who they stand with: millions of retirees or the money managers, ideologues and misguided partisans who want to make a quick buck for themselves,” said FLARA President Bill Sauers. “Social Security recently turned 81 years old and for millions of Floridians it has been the only thing keeping them out of poverty or able to maintain a secure retirement. But too many politicians think that privatization, benefit cuts or even ending the program all together will somehow magically allow workers a better retirement without the safety net there to protect them.”
The pledge, which will be printed on oversized posters to give politicians the chance to sign it clearly, proudly and publically, states:
More than 58 million Americans rely on Social Security checks earned through a lifetime of work. More than a retirement program, Social Security provides life insurance benefits to young survivors of deceased workers and disability insurance protection or workers and their families.
I pledge to oppose every effort to privatize, cut benefits or raise the retirement age. I also pledge to expand Social Security so that every American can retire with dignity and respect.