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Claire McCaskill on Social Security

Democratic Sr Senator; previously state Auditor


Diverting revenue to private accounts eliminates guarantee

Using Social Security taxes for private accounts
AARPOpposes
Jim TalentNo response
Claire McCaskillOpposes
Q: Will you support or oppose using Social Security taxes to fund private accounts?

A: Oppose. I am against any attempt to privatize Social Security, and “private accounts” are just another attempt to do just that. Social Security is a guaranteed benefit for Americans, and diverting the tax revenue to private accounts would eliminate that guarantee. Our seniors’ retirement should not be left in the hands of Wall Street.

Unfortunately, in recent years, Social Security has come under attack from the Bush Administration and Republicans in Washington. Social Security is a covenant with those who pay into the system, and we have an obligation to ensure that retirees continue to receive the benefits that they were promised.

Source: AARP Senate candidate questionnaire , Sep 29, 2006

Voted YES on establishing reserve funds & pre-funding for Social Security.

Voting YES would:
  1. require that the Federal Old Age and Survivors Trust Fund be used only to finance retirement income of future beneficiaries;
  2. ensure that there is no change to benefits for individuals born before January 1, 1951
  3. provide participants with the benefits of savings and investment while permitting the pre-funding of at least some portion of future benefits; and
  4. ensure that the funds made available to finance such legislation do not exceed the amounts estimated to be actuarially available.

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."

Make no mistake about it, this is a stalking-horse for Social Security. It looks good on the surface, but this is an amendment to privatize Social Security.
Reference: Bill S.Amdt.489 on S.Con.Res.21 ; vote number 2007-089 on Mar 22, 2007

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