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The Washington Post Responds To Your Needs on Social Security

Paper heeds call to include the program in 2016 voter guide

Social Security Washington Post Response


Millions of Americans rely on Social Security to help pay the bills each month.

Great news! Thanks to thousands of dedicated Take a Stand activists, the Washington Post has seen the light when it comes to Social Security.

The Post has added Social Security to its 2016 Voter Guide, and I commend it for this good decision.

But my deepest gratitude goes to the 54,000 concerned Americans who sent letters urging the Post to include the presidential candidates’ positions on Social Security in its guide.

All over America, workers pay in to Social Security – 170 million of them. On top of that, millions and millions rely on Social Security to help pay the bills each month.

But a shortfall looms, and the clock is ticking. If we don't tackle this problem head-on, our kids and grandkids could lose up to $10,000 per year in benefits. We can’t let that happen.

Doing nothing is not an option.  

Politicians should stop kicking the can down the road and pretending there isn’t a problem.

That’s why our Take a Stand campaign is mobilizing thousands of volunteers to press the candidates to level with voters and give them real answers about their Social Security plans.

But we can’t do it alone. The media have a responsibility to get candidates on the record. They should hold them accountable. That’s their job.

That’s why I called out the Post in a recent blog, saying that ignoring Social Security was a real oversight in the voter guide and a disservice to the public. And the Post got the message – thanks to committed citizens like you who understand how critical it is for presidential candidates to show leadership on Social Security.

The Posts decision is a victory we can be proud of.

And rest assured, Take a Stand volunteers will continue to press the media to ensure that Social Security gets the attention it deserves during the presidential campaign – and beyond.

Video: Take A Stand, Answer the Call - You can't deal with something by ignoring it. But that's how some presidential candidates seem to be dealing with Social Security.

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