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Dean Barkley on Social Security

Independent Senate challenger


COLA disparity is unfair

Q: The Senior Citizens League members are to a large extent Notch babies--those individuals who receive lower Social Security benefits because they were born in the years 1917 and immediately thereafter. Do you support Notch Reform?

A: Yes. The disparity is unfair and needs to be corrected.

Source: Senior Citizens League Guide to the 2008 US Senate Campaigns Oct 10, 2008

Doing nothing will be a disaster: raise retirement age

Q: Do you support Social Security Reform?

A: For political reasons, Congress refuses to address the impending failure of both Medicare and Social Security. How many more commissions do we need before we have the courage to fix these vital programs. The answer to the problem is simple: you either have to increase your income or decrease your costs or do a combination of both. People may not be happy with raising the social security tax or raising the retirement age but doing nothing will be a disaster.

Source: Senior Citizens League Guide to the 2008 US Senate Campaigns Oct 10, 2008

Don't privatize social security

Q: Do you support the statement, "Privatize social security"?

A: Do not support. Privatization will not fix social security. We need real fixes to save this program.

Source: Email interview on 2008 Senate race with OnTheIssues.org Aug 13, 2008

Option for younger people to invest in personal accounts

Q: Do you favor, as a general rule, an option for younger people, if they want to, to invest some of the money they pay for Social Security in a personal account that would be theirs?

A: Yes.

Source: Interview on Crossfire with Paul Begala and Robert Novak Nov 18, 2002

Other candidates on Social Security: Dean Barkley on other issues:
MN Gubernatorial:
Tim Pawlenty
MN Senatorial:
Al Franken
Amy Klobuchar
James Niemackl
Jesse Ventura
Michael Cavlan
Norm Coleman


2008 Senate retirements:

Wayne Allard(R,CO)
Larry Craig(R,ID)
Pete Domenici(R,NM)
Chuck Hagel(R,NE)
Trent Lott(R,MS)
Craig Thomas(R,WY)
John Warner(R,VA)

Incoming Obama Administration:

Pres.Barack Obama
V.P.Joe Biden
State:Hillary Clinton
HHS:Tom Daschle
Staff:Rahm Emanuel
DHS:Janet Napolitano
DOC:Bill Richardson
DoD:Robert Gates
A.G.:Eric Holder
Treas.:Tim Geithner
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GA:Chambliss v.Martin (Dec. 2 runoff)
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MA:Kerry
ME:Collins
MI:Levin
MN:Coleman v.Franken (recounting as of Dec.1)
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MS6:Cochran
MT:Baucus
NC:*Hagan over Dole
NE:*Johanns
NH:*Shaheen over Sununu
NJ:Lautenberg
NM:*Udall
OK:Inhofe
OR:*Merkley over Smith
RI:Reed
SC:Graham
SD:Johnson
TN:Alexander
TX:Cornyn
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