Social Security Works for Everyone!: Protecting and Expanding America's Most Popular Social Program

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by Nancy J. Altman and Eric Kingson

The New Press

4/13/2021, paperback

SKU: 9781620976227


Social Security expansion is back on the agenda, at a time when Americans need it more than ever--here's what it should look like (and why it matters to everyday people all over the country)

The COVID-19 crisis has pulled the curtain back on America's looming retirement income crisis, a fraying of the national community, and ever-worsening income inequality. Never before have so many people's livelihoods and futures been thrown into flux. Now more than ever, expanding Social Security is essential to addressing these challenges. Social Security Works for Everyone!, an evolution of the argument Nancy J. Altman and Eric R. Kingson made in their acclaimed first book, Social Security Works!, presents the case for expanding Social Security, explaining why monthly benefits need to be increased; why Americans need national paid family leave, sick leave, and long term care protections; and how we can pay for it all. Don't believe the nearly four-decade, billionaire-funded campaign to convince us that the program is destined to collapse. It isn't.

At a time when growing numbers of Americans are seeing beyond the false choice between financial security for working people and financial security for the federal government, this book eloquently makes the case that universal programs that benefit all Americans (yes, even the rich) make our country stronger and our lives more secure. Social Security works because it embodies the best of American values--the ones that will allow Americans to obtain financial security and weather the next crisis.


"Altman and Kingson cut through the fog of calculated confusion and outright lies about Social Security."--David Cay Johnston, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author

"Our Social Security system is a vehicle for racial, gender, and economic justice. Social Security Works for Everyone! shows how it can be even more so. I recommend this book to everyone, including members of Congress." -- Maya Rockeymoore Cummings, founder, president, and CEO, Global Policy Solutions LLC

About the Authors:

Nancy J. Altman, a lawyer, is the author of The Battle for Social Security and a co-author, with Eric R. Kingson, of Social Security Works!. She co-founded Social Security Works in 2010.

Eric R. Kingson, is a professor of social work at Syracuse University. He is a co-author, with Nancy J. Altman, of Social Security Works!. He co-founded Social Security Works in 2010 and lives in Manlius, New York.