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Zell Miller on Social Security


Do not tax Social Security

When our seniors contributed to Social Security through the payment of payroll taxes, they did this with the understanding that later in time of need they would receive those benefits tax-free. But starting in 1993 these benefits were taxed. This is wrong.
Source: A National Party No More, by Zell Miller, p.103 Oct 1, 2003

Strengthen Soc. Sec. system; trust fund in lockbox

I propose using whatever it takes of the projected budget surplus to strengthen our social security system and put the trust fund into a ďlock boxĒ, so politicians in the future canít spend it on their own pork-barrel projects. I am opposed to any change in the age limits for benefits and I support the creation of Retirement Savings Plus, the voluntary, tax-free, personally controlled savings account like Vice President Gore has proposed, which would not threaten any guaranteed benefits.
Source: AARP interview: AARP Voters Guides Nov 7, 2000

Keep our promises: no privatization, keep retirement age

Q: What about privatizing Social Security?

A: We made a promise with Social Security, and we need to keep it. I support using 15 percent of the budget surplus over the next 10 years to shore up our Social Security reserves. All Social Security funds should be put into a lockbox so politicians in the future canít spend it on their own pork-barrel projects. Also, we donít need to raise the retirement age from 65 to 68, like some have proposed.

Source: The Macon (GA) Telegraph Oct 30, 2000

Rated 0% by the ARA, indicating an anti-senior voting record.

Miller scores 0% by the ARA on senior issues

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.

Source: ARA website 03n-ARA on Dec 31, 2003

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