Executive Director of the Alliance for Retired Americans, Rich Fiesta discussed social security, vote by mail and saving the post office on America’s Work Force Radio Podcast on Aug. 21.
President Trump’s attacks on social security
The Republican Party has for years been attacking social security, albeit quiet. Fiesta said President Trump’s suspension of the payroll tax is dangerous and his threat to permanently end the payroll tax is even scarier, especially for retired Americans.
The payroll tax is widely considered to be one of the main sources of funding for social security. Without this tax, Americans would be left without social security.
Voting during a pandemic
Fiesta then moved onto mail-in voting. Although many American’s vote by mail every election, some are saying it is suddenly ineffective and will lead to fraud.
Fiesta discussed the importance of mail-in voting. He said it is critical people can vote by mail, especially senior citizens. With the COVID-19 pandemic still present, many older Americans may be hesitant to head to the polls and wait in long lines. Fiesta said these people still need a safe way to exercise their right to vote.
He then touched on a settlement reached by the Alliance for Retired Americans and the state of Minnesota. The case challenged burdensome requirements for people to vote by mail, such as witness requirements that made it difficult for elderly Americans living alone to vote. Fiesta said the RNC and Trump Campaign have agreed not to appeal the settlement.
Saving the USPS
Finally, Fiesta talked about the ongoing attacks on the United States Postal Service (USPS).
He explained the great need for the USPS during these times of pandemic and an election. He also highlighted the importance of an affordable mail service for elderly Americans as well as people living in rural America.