State of Louisiana Archives: on Social Security


Thomas Clements: Privatize Social Security at birth for newborns today

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

A: We could privatize at birth for newborns today.

Source: Email interview on 2016 Louisiana Senate race by OnTheIssues Jul 31, 2016

Jay Dardenne: Merge Elderly Affairs & Veterans Affairs into one department

Lieutenant Governor Jay Dardenne intends to elevate the Office of Elderly Affairs to a cabinet level position by merging it with the Department of Veterans Affairs. "This is not an expansion of government; it's another example of how we can do more with less and put a renewed emphasis on the needs of our aging population," Dardenne said, and added that more than 50% of our veterans are over the age of 60.

Currently, the Office of Elderly Affairs is part of the Office of the Governor. It was created in 1956 by the Legislature as the Commission on Aging. The office serves 800,852 Louisiana residents aged 60 and older, or roughly 18% of Louisiana's population.

The Department of Veterans Affairs was created in 2003 to provide health care, education, disability benefits, long care, and burial honors services to Louisiana's 330,000 veterans. "Obviously, not every veteran is elderly, but there are similarities in service needs and health concern shared by both groups," Dardenne said.

Source: 2015 Louisiana Governor's campaign website JayDardenne.com Aug 5, 2015

John Neely Kennedy: Endorses voluntary private retirement savings accounts

In his latest advertising effort, state treasurer Kennedy asserts that Landrieu voted to allow illegal immigrants onto the Social Security rolls. Predictably, the other side counters that he is lying.

Kennedy continues to broadcast an ad titled “Scary Mary,” a retort to her accusations that Kennedy would cut Social Security because he has endorsed the idea of voluntary private retirement savings accounts. The Republican ad states that “Mary Landrieu voted to allow illegal immigrants into the Social Security system.“ The statement refers to the Senate’s 2006 debate over an immigration bill. The relevant portion deals with what kind of Social Security benefits a legal immigrant might be due for wages the immigrants earned before they established legal residence. Landrieu voted against a Republican amendment that would have prevented immigrants from receiving credit for Social Security taxes paid while their work status was not legal.

Source: 2008 Louisiana Senate debate reported in Times-Picayune Aug 25, 2008

Mary Landrieu: Credit immigrants for FICA paid while status was illegal

In his latest advertising effort, state treasurer Kennedy asserts that Landrieu voted to allow illegal immigrants onto the Social Security rolls. Predictably, the other side counters that he is lying.

Kennedy continues to broadcast an ad titled “Scary Mary,” a retort to her accusations that Kennedy would cut Social Security because he has endorsed the idea of voluntary private retirement savings accounts. The Republican ad states that “Mary Landrieu voted to allow illegal immigrants into the Social Security system.“ The statement refers to the Senate’s 2006 debate over an immigration bill. The relevant portion deals with what kind of Social Security benefits a legal immigrant might be due for wages the immigrants earned before they established legal residence. Landrieu voted against a Republican amendment that would have prevented immigrants from receiving credit for Social Security taxes paid while their work status was not legal.

Source: 2008 Louisiana Senate debate reported in Times-Picayune Aug 25, 2008

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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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