Richard Carmona on Social Security


Raise retirement age; raise payroll tax ceiling above $106K

Q: How bad off are we on Social Security and what's it going to take to save it?

A: There's a number of things that have to happen over time. First and foremost, for those people who we've contracted with, the seniors in the room who've paid in to the system, we owe it to them to honor those contracts. It's not an entitlement, they've paid; they've paid expecting their government will return that investment and help them through their senior years. On the other hand, as we move forward and we look at what we can do, there are a couple of things. We can raise the ceiling above that $106,000 and say, 'OK, let's get more money into the pot.' We can look at the retirement age. We can't keep running the system the way we did 50-60 years ago. There are a number of steps we can take to make it solvent over time, but also to reorient and educate people as to what is needed in the future for Social Security.

Source: The Sahuarita Sun on 2012 Arizona Senate debates , May 29, 2012

No privatization; no Trust Fund as slush fund

While Social Security faces challenges in the future, we must approach it from a position of preserving, not destroying, this retirement security. This is a program that belongs to the American people--we all pay into it. I do not support efforts to privatize Social Security and strongly oppose the use of the Social Security Trust Fund as a slush fund for other federal spending. We can and should take steps to strengthen Social Security, but we cannot go back on our responsibility to our seniors.
Source: 2012 Senate campaign website, carmonaforarizona.com , Mar 15, 2012

Opposes investing part of your payroll tax.

Carmona opposes the CC Voters Guide question on Social Security

Christian Coalition publishes a number of special voter educational materials including the Christian Coalition Voter Guides, which provide voters with critical information about where candidates stand on important faith and family issues. The Christian Coalition Voters Guide summarizes candidate stances on the following topic: "Allowing individuals to invest a portion of their payroll tax in private retirement accounts"

Source: Christian Coalition Voter Guide 12-CC-q6 on Oct 31, 2012

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