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Barbara J. Easterling was elected president of the Alliance for Retired Americans in February of 2009. She was previously the secretary-treasurer of the Communications Workers of America. For more information, visit or call 1-888-637-5399.

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Women's Economic Security Depends on Raising the Wage and Expanding Social Security

(0) Comments | Posted March 31, 2014 | 12:18 PM

March marks Women's History Month, a time to highlight women's contributions to society and role in making our country what it is today.

To call Frances Perkins (1880-1965) a trailblazer would be to put it very mildly. Perkins was selected by FDR as Secretary of Labor in 1933,...

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ALEC: The New-and-Improved Political Corruption

(2) Comments | Posted March 21, 2014 | 11:38 PM

The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) has been described as a "shadowy group" of companies and politicians working behind closed doors to rewrite our laws, frequently to bolster corporate profits at any cost. Over the last 41 years, ALEC has worked tirelessly to tear down many of the programs and...

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Seniors Saving Big on Rx Drugs and Preventive Services Under Affordable Care Act

(0) Comments | Posted December 19, 2013 | 11:26 AM

According to figures released by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) this week, more than 25 million people covered by traditional Medicare received at least one preventive service at no cost between January and November of this year, because of the Affordable Care Act. This number is higher...

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United Against the Secret Trade Agreement (TPP) That Blocks Affordable Health Care -- And Much More

(1) Comments | Posted November 27, 2013 | 12:44 PM

Have you heard of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Free Trade Agreement? If not, you're not alone -- the American people, by design, know very little about what U.S. negotiators are promising in closed-door talks with 11 Pacific-rim countries. What we do know comes through leaked texts, like the...

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Privatizing Cincinnati's Retirement System -- A Bad Deal for Retirees, Workers and the City

(5) Comments | Posted September 13, 2013 | 6:37 PM

A proposed charter amendment slated for Cincinnati's ballot this November would break its pension promises to city workers, harming working families and the city economy. It is part of an immoral national fight against retirement security.

The Cincinnati City Council unanimously opposed the amendment targeting city...

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Celebrate Labor Day the Right Way: Organize! And Empower Young Workers

(16) Comments | Posted August 30, 2013 | 5:23 PM

On Labor Day, we celebrate the contributions that working people make to our nation. They are immense. On this day, we should reflect on the state of our working class and their access to a safe work environment, fair wages and benefits, and a financially secure retirement.

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Happy Birthday Social Security! More Important Than Ever

(0) Comments | Posted August 13, 2013 | 9:39 PM

This week, we celebrate Social Security's 78th anniversary. There is a lot to celebrate! For nearly eight decades, Social Security has provided seniors with a secure retirement income and prevented retirees from falling into poverty. Social Security lifts over 21 million Americans out of poverty, including over 14...

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Why Sequestration Harms Seniors and Costs Taxpayers

(8) Comments | Posted March 1, 2013 | 3:35 PM

This week, Congress voted on a plan to avert the March 1 sequester without harming Social Security, Medicare, or Medicaid. The legislation did not pass; therefore cuts imposed by sequestration will be gradually implemented.

While Social Security benefits are exempted from sequestration, the Social Security Administration (SSA), which administers...

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Hey, Mitt Romney, We've Earned Our Social Security and Medicare!

(22) Comments | Posted September 19, 2012 | 3:29 PM

As a retiree, I was upset to hear that Mitt Romney thinks people our age are "dependent" upon the government.

Social Security and Medicare are not hand-outs. We paid Medicare and Social Security taxes in every paycheck we ever earned. Now that we are retired, these programs help us stay...

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We Must Educate Younger People About Unions

(1) Comments | Posted September 4, 2012 | 4:56 PM

This Labor Day, I want to encourage you to help younger generations better understand why labor unions are so important. Too many people either know very little about unions, or only know what politicians and Fox News tell them.

I joined a union on my very first day on the...

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Social Security: The Voices Romney Hears

(14) Comments | Posted August 11, 2012 | 11:49 AM

I recently read an article profiling Mitt Romney's top economic advisers: Glenn Hubbard, Gregory Mankiw, Vin Weber, Jim Talent, and Kevin Hassett. One thing they all have in common - besides being wealthy white men - is they all support privatizing Social Security. With Mitt Romney having friends...

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Medicare Reaches Middle Age

(0) Comments | Posted July 27, 2012 | 1:46 PM

Medicare turns 47 on July 30, reaching a crossroads familiar to middle age: a proud record of success, but also an uncertain future.

Think about life before Medicare. Many older Americans were living in terrible health, unable to afford to see a doctor or fill a prescription. Now, the senior...

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Behind Alan Simpson Bluster: A Warning Sign for Workers and Retirees

(48) Comments | Posted June 4, 2012 | 3:25 PM

Behind the shock and awe of Alan Simpson's hate-filled letter to the California chapter of my organization -- he recently wrote that members of the Alliance for Retired Americans were "a wretched group of seniors" and "greedy geezers" -- lies a cautionary tale for workers and retirees: Beware...

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Mitt Romney Earns More by 6:00 a.m. Than Many Seniors Do in a Year

(5) Comments | Posted February 9, 2012 | 7:00 PM

In 2010 Mitt Romney made $21.7 million, while that same year the average senior citizen received $14,000 in Social Security benefits.

Put another way, Mitt Romney made more by 6:00 a.m. on January 1 than many retirees did the entire year. His daily income was over four times...

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Don't Take the Vote Away From Seniors

(9) Comments | Posted January 19, 2012 | 11:00 AM

I don't know Ruthelle Frank. But I do know that what is happening to her is enough to make my blood boil. Along with many other seniors, Ruthelle may lose the right to vote because she lacks a government-issued photo ID card.

Over the past year, GOP-controlled state houses have...

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When the Going Gets Tough, Seniors Must Get Voting

(9) Comments | Posted December 20, 2011 | 10:47 AM

With Social Security and Medicare facing harsh threats from various politicians, retirees must keep a close eye on the 2012 elections.

The recently-deadlocked super committee was the latest in a line of blue-ribbon panels -- preceded by Domenici-Rivlin and Simpson-Bowles -- that have debated, and in two instances recommended, drastic...

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Retirees Proud to Stand With Public Workers

(1) Comments | Posted February 24, 2011 | 3:28 PM

In these difficult times, retirees across the country are proud to support public sector workers.

We value the work these men and women do every day. They keep us safe. They teach our grandkids. They care for us when we are sick. They don't make shareholders wealthier; instead, they make...

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How Democrats Can Win Back Seniors

(8) Comments | Posted December 2, 2010 | 4:25 PM

The 2010 elections accelerated the movement of seniors away from the Democratic Party. This year Republicans carried the senior vote by 21 points, a sharp rise from their 8 point win in 2008 and 2 point loss in 2006. This trend is magnified by the growing percentage of the electorate...

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Alan Simpson Does Not Belong on This Jury

(30) Comments | Posted September 1, 2010 | 3:03 PM

Imagine if Social Security were put on trial. We've all seen enough movies to know how it would begin: jury selection.

Now imagine a room filled with potential jurors. There is a talkative one who stands out. He's calling senior citizens "greedy geezers," and those with lower...

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Work Until 70? No Thanks!

(1) Comments | Posted August 13, 2010 | 12:06 PM

Social Security turns 75 on August 14. To me, creating Social Security was one of the best things this country has ever done.

But this milestone anniversary was recently marred by House Republican Leader John Boehner saying that if his party won this fall's elections, they would try to raise...

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