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Asiah Gayfield is a senior, STS major currently in the Washington D.C. internship program. Read the editorial below and follow this link more information about the article! There have been 80 comments so far, so feel free to add your opinion!

Retirees depending on Social Security don't deserve cuts

6:11 PM, Feb. 18, 2011  |

I am a senior at Butler University who will graduate this May. While I am concerned about many issues plaguing our nation, my biggest concern is over the state of Social Security.

Under the current program I will not be able to receive benefits until 2056, so I am less concerned about my future benefits and more concerned about the millions of senior citizens, like my grandmother, who currently receive benefits and the millions more who are set to receive benefits in the next 20 years.

Social Security has made it a possibility for many senior citizens to live their final years in dignity. It is self-funding and does not add one cent to the nation's deficit, and does so while managing to keep an estimated 40 percent of senior citizens out of poverty.

Those in favor of changes to the program will tell you that an increase in life expectancy warrants an increase in the retirement age. It might be easy for a member of Congress to work past the current retirement age, but this would be disastrous for the millions of older Americans with physically demanding jobs who may not be able to work into their late 60s and early 70s.

As a child I was taught to respect my elders. This is a lesson that all politicians, especially those who are calling for cuts and changes to Social Security, would do well to learn.