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Excerpts from Books by and about 2008 candidates
Sen. John McCain (R, AZ)
Why Courage Matters
Sen. Barack Obama(D, IL)
Dreams From My Father
Sen. Joe Biden (D, DE)
Promises to Keep
Gov. Sarah Palin (R, AK)
New Energy for Alaska
Rep. Bob Barr (L)
The Meaning of IS
Rep. Cynthia McKinney (G)
Green Party Debate
Ralph Nader (I)
The Good Fight
Alan Keyes (NAIP)
Our Character, Our Future

Sen. Hillary Clinton
It Takes A Village
Mayor Rudy Giuliani
Gov. Mike Huckabee
Character Makes A Difference
Amb. Alan Keyes
Our Character, Our Future
Rep. Ron Paul
Freedom Under Siege
Gov. Mitt Romney

(click a book cover for excerpts and a review or other books by or about the presidency from

Senior Citizens League Guide to the 2008 US Senate Campaigns

Budget & Economy
   Vivian Davis Figures: Provide economic stimulus package for our nation’s elderly.
   Jim Martin: Too many corporations use employee pensions to balance books.
Energy & Oil
   Ted Stevens: Stop buying 12M barrels of foreign oil and produce our own.
Health Care
   Allen Buckley: Medicare benefits need to be cut, to preserve Medicare.
   Allen Buckley: Eliminate all Medicare Rx benefits but catastrophic coverage.
   Andrew Rice: Pay doctors to proactively treat patients; end pay-per-test.
   Bob Conley: Limit the scope of our government, including Medicare.
   Carl Levin: Understand health care costs before addressing Means Testing.
   Chris Lugo: Implement universal, single payer system like Canada.
   Chris Rothfuss: Medicare should not be corporate welfare.
   Dean Barkley: No logical reason why we pay highest drug costs in world.
   Jay Wolfe: FairTax would correct Medicare Rx funding problems.
   Jim Martin: Let Medicare negotiate for Rx drugs.
   Lamar Alexander: Delay Medicare Rx price increases & keep physician payments.
   Larry Stafford: Switch to a private “Medicare” insurance plan.
   Mark Begich: Protect future Medicare with “medical home” model.
   Mark Begich: Privatization undermines the integrity of Medicare.
   Mark Udall: Close “donut hole” in Medicare prescription drug program.
   Nick Carter: Negotiate on Rx drug prices; then means testing is ok.
   Norm Coleman: Address fraud and abuse in our Medicare program.
   Saxby Chambliss: Create incentives for competition & consumer driven approach.
   Scott Kleeb: Enhance Medicare Rx program, and fill “donut hole”.
   Steven Larrick: Support universal single-payer health care.
   Ted Stevens: Pay Medicare doctors 35%, and means-test Medicare payments.
   Tom Allen: Means testing undermines principle that everyone pays same.
   Tom Allen: New Medicare prescription drug law is disastrous.
   Vivian Davis Figures: Broaden Meals on Wheels, senior mobility units, and Medicare.
Homeland Security
   Bob Conley: Military bases abroad are unconstitutional.
   Allen Buckley: No benefits for illegal aliens.
   Andrew Rice: Opposes Mexico Totalization Agreement & benefits to illegals.
   Bob Conley: I am against entitlements for any foreign nationals.
   Carl Levin: No benefits to foreign workers without Congress’ approval.
   Chris Lugo: Treat immigrant workers fairly with regards to benefits.
   Chris Rothfuss: Don’t count illegal aliens’ work toward retirement benefits.
   Dean Barkley: Opposes Mexico Totalization Agreement & benefits to illegals.
   Jack Reed: No benefits to foreign workers without Congress’ approval.
   Jim Martin: Totalization deal with Mexico OK, if illegals accounted for.
   Lamar Alexander: No federal money to Mexico for multinational workers.
   Larry Stafford: Non-citizens should not receive benefits.
   Mark Begich: Reservations about denying illegals’ retirement benefits.
   Mark Udall: Block illegal immigrants from receiving benefits.
   Nick Carter: Don’t scapegoat immigrants by denying them benefits.
   Norm Coleman: No benefits to Mexican citizens without consulting Congress.
   Saxby Chambliss: Illegal immigrants can’t collect Social Security benefits.
   Scott Kleeb: Oppose giving benefit to illegal workers.
   Ted Stevens: No Social Security benefits to illegal aliens.
   Tom Allen: Guarantee that who receive benefits have paid into system.
   Vivian Davis Figures: Providing benefits to non-citizens is simply irresponsible.
   Ted Stevens: Make restoring US jobs a top priority.
Social Security
   Allen Buckley: I do not support any Notch reform proposals.
   Allen Buckley: Tie COLA to senior spending instead of labor cost increases.
   Allen Buckley: Invest Trust Fund in stocks and bonds.
   Andrew Rice: I support Social Security Notch reform.
   Andrew Rice: I support CPI-E for COLA Fairness.
   Andrew Rice: I do not support privatization in any form.
   Bob Conley: No difference in benefits based on birth years.
   Bob Conley: COLA should take into account the actual level of inflation.
   Bob Conley: Total overhaul of Social Security program needed.
   Carl Levin: Notch is unfair, but new law would create new unfairness.
   Carl Levin: Study experimental indicators before changing COLA CPI.
   Carl Levin: Private accounts would erode the system into a jackpot.
   Chris Lugo: Support Social Security Notch reform.
   Chris Lugo: Adjust COLA by CPI for Elderly Consumers.
   Chris Lugo: Long term solvency sound; stop shifting Trust Fund money out.
   Chris Rothfuss: No reasonable justification for Notch Baby disparity.
   Chris Rothfuss: CPI-E would be a fairer COLA than CPI-W for seniors.
   Chris Rothfuss: Raise the $102,000 taxable ceiling & raise retirement age.
   Dean Barkley: COLA disparity is unfair.
   Dean Barkley: Doing nothing will be a disaster: raise retirement age.
   Jack Reed: Continue to consider solutions for Notch babies.
   Jack Reed: Take away no more than 25% of a retiree’s annual COLA.
   Jack Reed: Stand-alone private accounts hurt long-term solvency.
   Jay Wolfe: Supports Notch reform and COLA reform.
   Jay Wolfe: FairTax would reform & totally fund Social Security.
   Jim Martin: Notch Reform: equitable benefits to all recipients.
   Jim Martin: Base COLA increases on actual cost of necessities.
   Jim Martin: Privatization of the system is the wrong answer.
   Lamar Alexander: Never reduce guaranteed Social Security benefits.
   Larry Stafford: Social Security system as designed is fundamentally flawed.
   Larry Stafford: Sell SSA assets and replace system with private annuities.
   Mark Begich: Treat “Notch babies” equally with all other seniors.
   Mark Begich: Adjust Soc. Sec. cost of living by consumer price index.
   Mark Begich: No privatization; no individual investment accounts.
   Mark Udall: Notch reform: ensure that all receive equitable benefits.
   Mark Udall: Let technical experts decide COLA rates.
   Mark Udall: All options on the table for long-term solvency.
   Nick Carter: Notch babies were a mistake; support Notch Reform.
   Nick Carter: Base the Social Security COLA on the CPI-W.
   Nick Carter: Ensure attempts to privatize Social Security are thwarted.
   Norm Coleman: Introduced resolution to address notch benefit disparity.
   Norm Coleman: Address growing financial needs of America’s seniors.
   Norm Coleman: Individual retirement accounts as part of comprehensive plan.
   Saxby Chambliss: No change warranted for “Notch Babies” benefits.
   Saxby Chambliss: No change needed for senior CPI adjustment.
   Saxby Chambliss: Allow younger workers voluntary personal retirement accounts.
   Scott Kleeb: Supports COLA reform and Notch reform.
   Scott Kleeb: Privatization only serves Wall Street, not Main Street.
   Steven Larrick: Supports COLA reform and Notch reform.
   Steven Larrick: Raise upper limit of taxable income, for long-term solvency.
   Ted Stevens: Support Notch Reform as part of broader reform package.
   Ted Stevens: Support COLA Reform as part of broader reform package.
   Ted Stevens: Incentives for individuals to save for their own retirements.
   Tom Allen: Cosponsored the Notch Fairness Act, fairness to notch babies.
   Tom Allen: Adjust cost-of-living to take care of seniors.
   Tom Allen: GOP raided trust fund to provide tax breaks for millionaires.
   Vivian Davis Figures: Ensure that Notch Babies are not left behind.
   Vivian Davis Figures: Adjust COLA based on senior’s CPI.
   Vivian Davis Figures: Improve system solvency without reducing future benefits.
Tax Reform
   Steven Larrick: We need a more progressive income tax.

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