July 03, 2013
“Some Cuts Never Heal” – Local Retirees Form Human Chain around Senator Flake’s Arizona Offices to Protest the Chained CPI Social Security Cut
Phoenix/Tucson— On Tuesday July 2nd, the Alliance for Retired Americans sponsored a National Day of Action which focused specifically on opposing the chained CPI, which would cut Social Security benefits by changing the cost of living adjustment formula. The Alliance for Retired Americans is a nationwide grassroots advocacy organization representing more than 4 million nationally and 40,500 in Arizona.
50 members of the Arizona Alliance for Retired Americans worked together to create a human chain in front of Senator Flake’s Arizona Offices to protest the chained CPI.
Dozens more human chains were formed in front of key Congressional offices and Federal buildings, as well as other strategic locations, in states around the country.
Chained CPI is an immediate Social Security benefit cut, which would result in an annual benefit that is roughly $1,000 (2012 dollars) lower by the time a beneficiary reaches age 85.
“Politicians continue to press for the Chained CPI benefit cut as a way to reduce the deficit. But the truth is Social Security has not contributed one dime to the deficit,” said Doug Hart, President of the Arizona Alliance for Retired Americans. “The chained CPI is a cold, calculated benefit cut to our Social Security – and some cuts never heal!”
“On July 2nd, retirees and their supporters came together and joined hands to send a firm message to Washington,” added Mr. Hart. “We refuse to be chained by the chained CPI, and we will not stand for any cuts to our modest Social Security benefits.”
For more on the chained CPI, click here.