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As Social Security Turns 77, What Do You Have to Say About It?
Posted By Elizabeth Nolan Brown On August 14, 2012 @ 8:30 am In Bulletin Today | No Comments
As the presidential election heats up, we’re bound to hear a lot from all sides about Social Security . But whatever your political stripes, there’s no getting around the fact that Social Security is critical for the majority of retirees, maybe more so now than ever. An AARP survey last week  found 60 percent of voters 50 and older plan to rely on Social Security in retirement even more because of the economic downtown. And 91 percent agree that the next president and Congress need to strengthen Social Security to keep it solvent for future generations.
“With fewer jobs offering pensions and people struggling to save for retirement, Social Security will be even more important for younger generations,” said AARP President Rob Romasco, noting that more than one in three working households age 21 to 64 has no individual savings set aside for retirement.
This week marks the 77th anniversary of Social Security, and AARP is using the opportunity to encourage discussion about the program’s future. Romasco will host a live Web chat  at 12:30 p.m. today to answer questions about Social Security and how we can make sure future generations receive the full benefits they’ve earned.
AARP is also continuing its “You’ve Earned a Say” national tour  this week, with stops in Springfield, Ill.; Billings, Mont.; Sedalia, Mo.; Cincinnati; and Des Moines, Iowa. The You’ve Earned a Say  campaign, launched this year, aims to ensure that the national conversation on Social Security takes into account the voices of as many Americans as possible — not just those who speak the loudest, and not just behind closed congressional doors. You can visit AARP’s ‘Strengthening Social Security’ tool  to learn more about the proposals on the table in Washington and vote for which make the most sense to you.
Tuesday Quick Hits:
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URLs in this post:
 Social Security: http://www.aarp.org/work/social-security/
 AARP survey last week: http://www.aarp.org/politics-society/government-elections/info-08-2012/aarp-2012-voter-survey.html
 live Web chat: http://www.aarp.org/about-aarp/info-06-2012/ask-rob-romasco-online-chat.html
 national tour: http://blog.aarp.org/2012/08/02/youve-earned-a-say-national-tour-kicks-off/
 You’ve Earned a Say: http://www.aarp.org/ws/youve-earned-a-say/
 visit AARP’s ‘Strengthening Social Security’ tool: http://www.aarp.org/work/social-security/info-06-2012/strengthen-social-security-youve-earned-a-say.html?intcmp=ADV-YEAS-SSST-BTN-TOP
 Shacking up: http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-205_162-57492242/more-americans-over-50-live-together-but-dont-marry/
 Endless summer: http://www.latimes.com/health/boostershots/la-heb-retirement-resorts-kings-point-documentary-20120813,0,6815235.story
 Big in the Midwest: http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/study-reveals-26-of-the-30-states-with-highest-obesity-rates-located-in-midwest-and-south/2012/08/14/b672595a-e5e6-11e1-9739-eef99c5fb285_story.html?tid=pm_pop
 Boomers take most vacation time: http://www.chicagotribune.com/travel/takingoff/sns-mct-brief-boomers-more-likely-to-vacation-than-20120810,0,4259262.story
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