Benefits for Current Generations, Sustainability for Future Generations, and Getting the Message to the Public
Social Security has always been a vital part of American society since its passage in 1935. It serves as a critical safety net for retirees, their dependents and people with disabilities. More than 40 percent of elders use social security to stay above the poverty line. On the other hand the Social Security trust fund is projected to be exhausted by 2033 thereby operating on a pay as you go basis. This threatens the solvency of Social Security, a program that is vital to the American way of life for future generations. It is in the best interest of young adults in America, known as millennials, to enact Social Security reform that makes the program more sustainable. Therefore it is important to see what real millennial responses are to the issues of social security and generational equality which will be explored with this project. From these responses Common Sense Action can see what it can do to promote itself and the issue of Social Security to millennials.