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

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Author: Chris Gavaler

Chris Gavaler is an assistant professor of English at Washington and Lee University where he teaches creative writing, contemporary fiction, and comics. He has published two novels, Pretend I'm Not Here (HarperCollins 2002) and School For Tricksters (Southern Methodist University 2011), and two nonfictions, On the Origin of Superheroes (Iowa University 2015) and Superhero Comics (Bloomsbury forthcoming 2017).

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