Email #12, Subject: Social Security Reform Act

I just read that Texas Republican Sam Johnson introduced a new bill last week called the Social Security Reform Act. You said in your email to me that you were interested in bi-partisan solutions, which Johnson’s bill is not. It adds no new funding to Social Security and significantly decreases benefits. It does not increase the cap on Social Security pay-ins by workers as suggested by Democrats. The Johnson plan also eliminates taxes on benefits for high-income retirees. Since you said you favor bi-partisan approaches, you must be aware of the Social Security reform plan proposed by the Bipartisan Policy Center last summer. It’s the sort of commonsense, common-ground thinking this country desperately needs right now. And unless you were only pretending to care about bi-partisanism in your email, I assume this is exactly the sort of plan you support. It raises benefits for low-income workers and lowers benefits for wealthier retirees. So where exactly do you stand on the Social Security Reform Act and the Bipartisan Policy Center plan?

Chris Gavaler

Author: Chris Gavaler

Chris Gavaler is an associate professor at W&L University, comics editor of Shenandoah, and series editor of Bloomsbury Critical Guides in Comics Studies. He has published two novels: School for Tricksters (SMU 2011) and Pretend I’m Not Here (HarperCollins 2002); and six books of scholarship: On the Origin of Superheroes (Iowa 2015), Superhero Comics (Bloomsbury 2017), Superhero Thought Experiments (with Nathaniel Goldberg, Iowa 2019), Revising Fiction, Fact, and Faith (with Nathaniel Goldberg, Routledge 2020), Creating Comics (with Leigh Ann Beavers, Bloomsbury 2021), and The Comics Form (Bloomsbury forthcoming). His visual work appears in Ilanot Review, North American Review, Aquifer, and other journals.

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