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Mark Harris on Social Security

 

 


Aim to keep Social Security solvent

In a debate, a moderator asked Harris & [Democratic opponent Dan McCready] how they'd continue to pay for Social Security. "Mark Harris has said he would cut Social Security and Medicare," McCready said.

"I have never said that. That is a lie that's being perpetrated throughout the campaign and throughout the district," Harris said. "I have always said we've got to keep Social Security solvent, we've got to make sure that it's a promise made and a promise kept. And we will continue to do that."

Source: Raleigh News & Observer on 2018 NC-9 House race , Nov 1, 2018

Supports gradual privatization of Social Security

Q: Social Security: Support full or partial privatization of Social Security. How to address Social Security solvency?

Dan McCready (D): No. "Will oppose any efforts. to turn Social Security over to the stock market & gamble seniors' retirement." Have higher earners pay in more to increase solvency.

Mark Harris (R): Has said he supports gradual privatization of Social Security. Might support private options for people who haven't retired yet. Can't fix Social Security by raising taxes.

Source: CampusElect.org 2018 Issue Guides: Congress NC-9th district , Oct 9, 2018

Reverse death spiral with complete overhaul

Q: How would you guarantee Social Security benefits for future generations?

A: As it stands now, Social Security is in a death spiral. The rate of returns are far from what they should be, and the burden is kicked down generation to generation. The current system is going to fail and needs to be completely over-hauled. However, we must honor our promises to existing retirees and those nearing retirement age keeping the current system in place for those folks. In order to sustain a system that resembles social security, the system will need to operate in a balanced manner meaning that individuals only receive what they pay in, supplemented if desired by a government budget that should be based not on the whims of political gain but economic sensibility.

Source: Heritage Alliance iVoterGuide on 2018 House NC-9 race , Sep 9, 2018

2017-18 Governor, House and Senate candidates on Social Security: Mark Harris on other issues:
NC Gubernatorial:
Pat McCrory
NC Senatorial:
Chris Rey
Deborah Ross
Paul Wright
Richard Burr
Sean Haugh
Thom Tillis

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