- Created on Thursday, 16 January 2014 14:43
- Written by John Grimaldi
Washington, DC - Hall of Famer Fran Tarkenton and Dan Weber, president of the Association of Mature American Citizens, told reporters at a news conference here that they've assembled a team to lobby Congress for a Social Security Guarantee in 2014.
"Our 1.1 million members' chief demand is that we save Social Security for all senior citizens, their children and future generations and we have a proposal that will do just that-a plan designed to win bi-partisan support," according to Weber.
Tarkenton said he has studied the proposal and agrees that "it will do what we say it will do and, as a result, I have decided to join AMAC and its Social Security Guarantee team. Our intention is to take the offensive on this important issue because no one else has, including AARP. We're going to make waves on both sides of the aisle lobbying for a different kind of special interest-the future of America.
"We will call upon both Republican and Democratic leaders to put the issue on the front burner. And we hope that President Obama will acknowledge and address this important issue in his State of the Union message."
Tarkenton is the newest member of the AMAC Board of Advisors former House Speaker Dennis Hastert joined the Board last year and he, too, will play a key role in the Social Security Guarantee initiative.
Weber explained that AMAC has had the preservation of Social Security as a top issue since its founding. "We have been consistently, diligently and personally pressing our case among lawmakers of both parties in D.C. in behalf of our members and all current and future benefit recipients. In fact, we have even gone so far as to offer up a prototype bill that can be used as the basis of a common sense resolution to keep and improve Social Security."
AMAC's prototype bill would provide a voluntary, tax-deductible supplemental payroll deduction that would be administered as individual retirement accounts and 401(k)s are now. Coupled with a provision that ups the eligibility age for benefits, this kind of real reform would quickly ensure the solvency of Social Security for generations to come, Weber explained.
"Obamacare is sucking up all the oxygen in Congress these days and AMAC's decision to reestablish Social Security Reform as a priority is necessary and timely. Social Security has always been 'the third rail' of American politics and this has caused us to keep kicking that particular can down the road. But we are running out of road and it's time now to figure out how to protect this important investment that working Americans have been funding all these years. It's a most important component of retirement income for seniors and a key part of retirement planning for future generations. We must ensure its viability."
The AMAC proposal provides a genuine bipartisan opportunity for the Congress to constructively engage and resolve this issue, and "win the game" for the American people, according to Weber.
He concluded: "Neither the President nor the Congress need to punt on a Social Security fix anymore. They can address and resolve it this year - in a simple and straightforward manner that renders Social Security solvent for 75 years and guarantees low income recipients a base COLA of 3%, capped at 4%, and that does not increase taxes."