How to give people on Social Security a fair shake

From the Chicago Federation of Labor:

Great Op-Ed from Sen. Elizabeth Warren and Rep. Tammy Duckworth: "But this year, for just the third time since 1975, Social Security beneficiaries didn’t get a COLA at all.  Not a single penny.  Their payments stayed exactly the same as they were last year — even though the cost of core goods and services is rising."


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Chicago Sun-Times

May 2, 2016

Sen. Elizabeth Warren and Rep. Tammy Duckworth

In 2009, a Chicagoan by the name of David Voigt lost his job. He applied for job after job. He even tried finding work in different fields and new careers - but, like so many others at the peak of the recession, he just couldn't find work with the economy doing as poorly as it was.

After five years of struggling to get by and make ends meet, Mr. Voigt was on the brink of homelessness when he was able to officially retire and apply for Social Security at the age of 62. His Social Security checks were small, but they were big enough that he could keep his home and put food on his table.

His story isn't unique. Americans from around the country have similar stories.