The Shaky Future of Social Security
While Social Security cannot go bankrupt as long as workers make payroll tax contributions, the program is not on sound financial footing for the long haul. As The Trustees report of April 2019 notes, without congressional reform, benefits would have to be slashed for all across the board in just over a decade. Social Security only replaces about 40 percent of pre-retirement income, and the average beneficiary currently collects $17,532 a year. As Maurie Backman writes in this piece for The Motley Fool, there are many steps one should take before reaching retirement such as saving more, downsizing, etc, so as Backman puts it, Social Security “doesn’t let you down”. Read full piece here.
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 Rep. Larson (D-CT) and merging them with the Association’s own well researched ideas. One component is Social Security PLUS, a new yet voluntary early retirement 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 legislative staffs over the past several years. Read AMAC’s plan here.