State of Indiana Archives: on Social Security


Matthew Whitaker: No hope that Social Security will be there for future

Matt Whitaker, a Des Moines lawyer who played tight end for the University of Iowa Hawkeyes football team, got kudos from the audience for his statements about cutting spending.

"Let's be clear about this," Whitaker said, "my generation, my children that are here tonight, Social Security is a tax. Medicare is a tax. There is no hope that Social Security as it currently exists will be there be for me . or for anyone of our generation."

Source: Indianapolis Star on 2014 Iowa Senate race Oct 24, 2013

Richard Mourdock: Constitution mentions neither Social Security nor Medicare

Mourdock, answering a question about the proper role of government, accused Donnelly of misstating his views on Social Security and Medicare. Mourdock said the constitution does not mention either, but Donnelly has used that in an ad "to make it sound like I believe the idea of Social Security is unconstitutional and, Joe, you know I've never said that."

Donnelly fired back, saying: "You know, I may have been born at night, but I wasn't born last night. When you meet with the Madison Tea Party and you say to them 'you show me where in the constitution it allows Medicare and you show me where in the constitution it allows Social Security,' we're not that dumb. We know what you were implying and we know what you were driving at."

Source: Indianapolis Star on 2012 Indiana Senate debate Oct 15, 2012

Richard Mourdock: Raise the retirement age

When it came to financial issues here at home, including social security reform, Mourdock spoke from experience on both the state and local level saying the retirement age needs to be raised. Lugar agreed saying the program needs to be reformed.
Source: 14 News WFIE Evansville on 2012 Indiana Senate debate Apr 11, 2012

Brad Ellsworth: Don't raise the retirement age; put people to work instead

Coats said Social Security needs to be "saved from itself" and suggested increasing the retirement age and looking at other options to fix the program.

Ellsworth said now isn't the time to raise the retirement age and that putting more people back to work would put more money into the system. Raising the retirement age would be fine for those who work at desks but "it's not fine for somebody who's on the end of a jackhammer," he said.

Source: Washington Post coverage of 2010 Indiana Senate debate Oct 25, 2010

Daniel Coats: Save Social Security from itself; increase age & more

Coats said Social Security needs to be "saved from itself" and suggested increasing the retirement age and looking at other options to fix the program.

Ellsworth said now isn't the time to raise the retirement age and that putting more people back to work would put more money into the system. Raising the retirement age would be fine for those who work at desks but "it's not fine for somebody who's on the end of a jackhammer," he said.

Source: Washington Post coverage of 2010 Indiana Senate debate Oct 25, 2010

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