(EDITOR’S NOTE: The following letter sent to the Navajo Hopi Observer was also sent to U.S. Representative Trent Franks.)
As your constituent, and a member of the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare, I am writing to urge you to please oppose any legislation or plan that will divert dedicated Social Security payroll taxes into private, individual accounts or in any way harm the benefits, structure or traditional role of Social Security.
As you know, President Roosevelt and Congress created Social Security in 1935 to protect retired Americans from experiencing “…a poverty-ridden old age.” And America’s more than 35 million seniors have invested their hard-earned money in Social Security during their long working lives.
Social Security represents a covenant between the government and its citizens. I therefore stand against the administration’s policies and plans to “reform” Social Security through partial privatization or any other plan that would undermine the promise of the program’s full, guaranteed lifetime benefits.
One of my top priorities as a citizen and voter is the protection of Social Security benefits for all current and future retirees. I sincerely hope among your top priorities, as my elected representative, will be the defeat of privatization and other proposals that threaten our retirement security.
I urge you to work closely with the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare to protect the benefits we have worked for paid for, and earned.