Chuck Hagel on Social Security
Republican Sr Senator (NE)
We have time to fix some of these things. We need leaders who will face up to that. We need leaders who will bring bipartisan consensus on working on the issues.
Obviously [that includes] Social Security. I have a comprehensive Social Security bill that does not alter or change the current status of local and state government pension plans.
The nation was facing 2 choices, Hagel said. The 1st option was to let the system crash and then increase taxes on the younger generations still in the workforce when that happens--or make the hugely unpopular decision to cut benefits to the retirees. The 2nd choice was to get busy and fix the system before it collapsed. American could not continue to run up huge budget deficits, he said, without losing the confidence of world markets. "It will catch up with us."
Proponents recommend voting YES because:
Perhaps the worst example of wasteful spending is when we take the taxes people pay for Social Security and, instead of saving them, we spend them on other things. Even worse than spending Social Security on other things is we do not count it as debt when we talk about the deficit every year. So using the Social Security money is actually a way to hide even more wasteful spending without counting it as debt. This Amendment would change that.
Opponents recommend voting NO because:
This amendment has a fatal flaw. It leaves the door open for private Social Security accounts by providing participants with the option of "pre-funding of at least some portion of future benefits."
The mission of the Alliance for Retired Americans is to ensure social and economic justice and full civil rights for all citizens so that they may enjoy lives of dignity, personal and family fulfillment and security. The Alliance believes that all older and retired persons have a responsibility to strive to create a society that incorporates these goals and rights and that retirement provides them with opportunities to pursue new and expanded activities with their unions, civic organizations and their communities.
The following ratings are based on the votes the organization considered most important; the numbers reflect the percentage of time the representative voted the organization's preferred position.
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