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Tue Feb 5, 2013, 09:03 AM

Rebuking Austerity, Americans Say: Strengthen Social Security



While recent proposals from lawmakers and corporate CEO 'extremists' have put Social Security benefits on the chopping block, Americans are coming out in strong support of the vital program. They are saying: Preserve it. Fund it. Strengthen it. Raise our taxes for it.

The results come from a survey (pdf) released Thursday from the nonprofit, nonpartisan National Academy of Social Insurance, and highlight the stark contrast between the support Americans have for the program and the austerity proposed as "a minor tweak" that would cut needed benefits to millions.

Some of the findings from the survey:

82% agree it is critical to preserve Social Security for future generations even if it means increasing Social Security taxes paid by working Americans, and 87% want to preserve Social Security for future generations even if it means increasing taxes paid by wealthier Americans. . . .


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