To: President Donald Trump, The United States House of Representatives, and The United States Senate


We, the undersigned, urge the Government to give Social Security cost-of-living increases (COLA) in 2012 to those receiving benefits. Without the increases, seniors will suffer drastically in light of the huge rise in living costs. COLA was withheld in 2009 and 2010, which created a catastrophic burden on the weakest and frailest members of our society. Another cut in 2012 will be devastating and, in many cases, probably deadly.

Why is this important?

This is particularly important for people already receiving Social Seurity benefits, or those nearing the benefits age, or those concerned about elderly relatives. For the last two years, the Government has not given cost-of-living increases (COLA) to recipients, even though living costs have risen dramaticaly. In effect, this has amounted to CUTS, and many people are really suffering from it. They are threatening to withhold COLA in 2012, as well. We must protest this disastrous attack on our seniors -- it will create a situation in which people will have to choose between eating or paying rent -- medical prescriptions or winter clothes. At a time when tax cuts are being extended for the rich, it is scandalous to cut benefits for elderly frail people of low income.