Author makes case for “writing off” Social Security

The central message of this piece written by The Motley Fool staff for Fox Business News is this: to avoid financial stress and disappointment in retirement, do not rely on Social Security benefits too heavily.  True, there will always be some form of Social Security, even if across the board cuts are allowed to set in come 2035, as there will always be workers making payroll tax contributions.  But even if Congress shores up the program before 2035, Social Security still barely replaces 40 percent of workers’ pre-retirement income.  As the piece states, “most seniors need roughly double that amount to live comfortably.”  Read the full piece here on how to plan for a retirement despite Social Security.

The Association of Mature American Citizens (AMAC) believes Social Security must be preserved and modernized.  This can be achieved by making modest changes in cost of living adjustments and the retirement age, with no additional taxes on workers.  AMAC advocates for a bipartisan compromise, “The Social Security Guarantee Act,” taking selected portions of bills introduced by former Rep. Johnson (R-TX) and current Rep. Larson (D-CT) and merging them with the Association’s own well researched ideas.  One component is Social Security PLUS, a new, voluntary plan that would allow all earners to have more income available at retirement.  This component is intended to appeal especially to younger workers.  AMAC is resolute in its mission that Social Security be preserved and modernized and has gotten the attention of lawmakers in DC, meeting with a great many congressional offices and their staffs over the past several years.  Read AMAC’s plan here.



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