“Strengthen, Don’t Sunset, Social Security”

Originally published by Wall Street Journal–

In “Why I’m Defying Beltway Cowardice” (op-ed, March 4), Sen. Rick Scott defends his Rescue America Plan. I give him credit for being honest about what Republicans intend to do: raise taxes on lower- and middle-income Americans and end federal programs after five years. His plan is cruel and would threaten the financial security of all Americans, but he is right on one thing: The public needs to know where their representatives stand, and Congress needs to act.

The urgency to act on Social Security is clear. The elderly are not only the most susceptible to this pandemic; since they are on fixed incomes, they are also the most susceptible to inflation. They need help and they need it now.