State of Alabama Archives: on Social Security


Marcus Bowman: Explore all solutions for younger generations

Q: Do you support or oppose the policy, "Privatize Social Security"

A: We need immediate, continuous, national dialogue on the issue of Social Security. We need to preserve benefits for those that have paid in. We need to explore all solutions for ensuring that a viable long-term manner of financial security is possible for younger generations.

Source: Email interview on 2016 Alabama Senate race with OnTheIssues Jan 21, 2016

Ron Crumpton: Eliminate the cap on the social security tax

Q: Do you agree or disagree with the statement, "Privatize Social Security"?

A: Strongly disagree. Eliminate the cap on the social security tax

Source: Email interview on 2016 Alabama Senate race with OnTheIssues Nov 26, 2015

Ron Crumpton: Eliminate the cap on the social security tax

Currently, 9% of those over 65 and more than 1/3 of the disabled are living in poverty. If it were not for Social Security, 42% of the elderly and more than 3/4 of the disabled would be living in poverty. That equates to 22 million Americans that would be living in poverty without Social Security. The problem is that Social Security is going broke.

Under the current tax provisions, Social Security will only be able to meet its requirements through 2033. The fix is simple. We need to eliminate the cap on the social security tax. The current cap is $118,500, which means you only pay the tax on the first $118,500 in earnings. That means that a person making $50,000 a year pays the tax on their full earnings, but a person making $250,000 pays the tax on less than half of their earnings. If we remove the tax, we would be able to raise benefits, lifting more Americans out of poverty, and the program would remain solvent for an additional 75 years.

Source: 2016 Senate campaign website CrumptonForAlabama.com Jul 23, 2015

Jeff Sessions: Small adjustments now, so everyone has benefits in future

Q: How would you protect Social Security for today's seniors and strengthen it for future generations?

A: We've got to save Social Security. People have depended on it and they've paid into it all their working lives. The Senator was quick to point out all the money paid in to Social Security is not enough, though, because people are living longer. "We need to make some adjustments now--smaller series of adjustments to put those programs on a sound basis, and everyone who's going home at night, working hard, can sleep well knowing that they're going to have these benefits in the future," said Sen. Sessions.

Source: AARP Voter Guide on 2014 Alabama Senate race Aug 31, 2014

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2016 Presidential contenders on Social Security:
  Republicans:
Gov.Jeb Bush(FL)
Dr.Ben Carson(MD)
Gov.Chris Christie(NJ)
Sen.Ted Cruz(TX)
Carly Fiorina(CA)
Gov.Jim Gilmore(VA)
Sen.Lindsey Graham(SC)
Gov.Mike Huckabee(AR)
Gov.Bobby Jindal(LA)
Gov.John Kasich(OH)
Gov.Sarah Palin(AK)
Gov.George Pataki(NY)
Sen.Rand Paul(KY)
Gov.Rick Perry(TX)
Sen.Rob Portman(OH)
Sen.Marco Rubio(FL)
Sen.Rick Santorum(PA)
Donald Trump(NY)
Gov.Scott Walker(WI)
Democrats:
Gov.Lincoln Chafee(RI)
Secy.Hillary Clinton(NY)
V.P.Joe Biden(DE)
Gov.Martin O`Malley(MD)
Sen.Bernie Sanders(VT)
Sen.Elizabeth Warren(MA)
Sen.Jim Webb(VA)

2016 Third Party Candidates:
Gov.Gary Johnson(L-NM)
Roseanne Barr(PF-HI)
Robert Steele(L-NY)
Dr.Jill Stein(G,MA)
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