Resolution on Social Security

Resolution Number 11-04.36

WHEREAS, Social Security is a great pride to America and the Democratic Party and is neither a welfare nor an "entitlement program" because it is funded entirely out of the contributions of workers and their employers; and

WHEREAS, Social Security is not a retirement program, but an insurance program protecting against poverty in old age, loss of income due to disability, or the death of a spouse or parent; and

WHEREAS, Social Security protects women that are more likely to take time out of the workplace and live longer, but still earn 77 cents for every dollar a man earns, while African American women earn 61 cents, and Latinas earn 52 cents for every dollar earned by a white male;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the California Democratic Party call on the California Democratic Congressional delegation and Senators Boxer and Feinstein to challenge the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform's attacks on Social Security by rejecting any and all attempts to cut Social Security benefits including but not limited to privatization, raising of the retirement age and/or decreasing its funding; and

THEREFORE BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the California Democratic Party has a responsibility to preserve an American treasure which is the right of all citizens of this country, and therefore calls upon our National Democratic Party to consider it a duty and privilege to protect and defend the integrity of Social Security against any individual or organization who would seek to diminish its presence in our society.


Submitted by: Cindy Young 

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Adopted by the California Democratic Party\xe2\x80\xa8
At its 2011 State Convention
Sacramento Convention Center, Sacramento\xe2\x80\xa8\xe2\x80\xa8
May 1, 2011


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