Email #, Subject: “strengthen” Social Security?

Thank you for your recent letter. I’m pleased to read that you consider Social Security a “sacred trust between the government and the American people … that must be maintained and strengthened.” I’m concerned though because you previously described your failed amendment to alter the Ethics Office as an attempt to “maintain” and “strengthen” it too. In that case, you wanted to strengthen the due process rights of members of Congress accused of unethical behavior, which would have undermined the Ethics Office not maintained let alone strengthened it. I fear you are applying the same logic and attitude toward Social Security.

When I researched your track record on this issue, I was further alarmed to find that the ARA (Alliance for Retired Americans) rated you at only 8%, with what they call an “anti-senior voting record” on Social Security. Could you explain how this is possible given your statement that Social Security is “sacred”? If you are “committed to making sure the government keeps its promise to our nation’s seniors,” why do so many of those seniors feel that you are not? Are you failing to communicate effectively, or are your actions violating your statements?

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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