State of Michigan Archives: on Social Security


Marcia Squier: Strongly opposes privatizing Social Security

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

A: Strongly oppose

Source: OnTheIssues interview on 2018 Michigan gubernatorial race Jul 19, 2017

Brenda Lawrence: Protect social security, Medicare and Medicaid programs

Q: As more boomers enter retirement, the nation faces critical shortages in eldercare services and rapidly rising levels of poverty among older Americans. What should Congress do about it?

Brenda Lawrence: We need to focus our efforts on community initiatives that will allow our aging population to age in place. Too often, the lack of reliable transportation or minor physical challenges cause are seniors to have to leave their homes. We must find a way to deliver these services safely and affordably to our seniors so they can stay in their home. We must protect social security, Medicare and Medicaid programs that aid seniors.

Marcia Squier (Green Party): Congress should move to include eldercare services in universal health care, from cradle to grave, with income-based deductibles for care & prescriptions. In addition, with publicly funded college education and elimination of ALL current student debt, we will be able to provide even more qualified professionals in this critical field.

Source: VotersGuide on 2016 Michigan House race Nov 1, 2016

Marcia Squier: Including eldercare services in universal health care

Q: As more boomers enter retirement, the nation faces critical shortages in eldercare services and rapidly rising levels of poverty among older Americans. What should Congress do about it?

Marcia Squier: Our country does face critical shortages in eldercare services. I believe that Congress should move to include these services in universal health care, from cradle to grave, with income-based deductibles for care and prescriptions. In addition, with publicly funded education from preschool to PhD and elimination of ALL current student debt, we will be able to provide even more qualified professionals in this critical field.

Rep. Brenda Lawrence (Dem.): We need to focus our efforts on community initiatives that will allow our aging population to age in place. We must protect social security, Medicare and Medicaid programs that aid seniors.

Source: VotersGuide on 2016 Michigan House race Nov 1, 2016

Terri Lynn Land: Supports GOP platform plank for personal accounts

Terri Lynn Land announced she will continue to serve as National Committeewoman for the National Republican Party while running for Senate. In this role, Land voted for, and will continue to promote, the GOP platform, which called for turning Medicare into a voucher program and a ban on abortion that did not include exceptions for rape, incest or saving a woman's life. Land's extreme GOP platform also supported privatizing Social Security, banning same sex marriage, opposing any gun legislation that would limit "the capacity of clips or magazine," banning women from combat, and a study to determine whether to return the US dollar to the gold standard.

In September 2005, the New York Times reported that "While the Democratic platform opposes any privatization of Social Security, the Republican platform says younger workers should be given the option of "personal investment accounts as supplements to the system."

Source: DSCC press release on 2014 Michigan Senate debate Jun 11, 2013

Rick Snyder: Maintain generous pension benefits for existing retirees

It is important to leave retirement pensions as they are for our citizens age 67 and older. Upon passage of this plan, Michigan will have the 14th best income tax--and the 8th most generous treatment of retirement income--among states with income taxes.

The new Individual Income Tax plan will provide for long-term structural stability in the budget while minimizing the impact on current senior citizens.

Source: Michigan 2011 gubernatorial press release, #254191 Apr 12, 2011

Fred Thompson: Benefits ok in short-term, but weíre eating our seed corn

Q: What about long-term solvency of Social Security?

A Looking at the short-term economic situation, itís very good news. But if you go out a little bit, you will see that weíre not going to have Social Security and Medicare as we know it into the future. Our children and our grandchildren certainly are not. We are eating our seed corn. We are spending their money. Weíre pitting one generation against the next. Weíve got to do some things better than that, even though the choices are difficult.

Source: 2007 Republican debate in Dearborn, Michigan Oct 9, 2007

Fred Thompson: Index benefits to inflation instead of indexing to wages

One thing that could be done would be to index benefits to inflation for future retirees. It would not affect current or near-retirement people. But for future retirees, instead of having nothing--which is what theyíre headed for under the current unsustainable situation--they would have protection, indexed to inflation instead of wages as it is today. And it would solve the problem for several years. It wouldnít solve it indefinitely, but it would be a major step in the right direction.
Source: 2007 Republican debate in Dearborn, Michigan Oct 9, 2007

Tom Tancredo: Private Social Security accounts needed to end deficit

If you want to control federal spending, you must look at Social Security and Medicare, and itís a dicey game. I know the president tried, touching that 3rd rail, [but] jumped back immediately.

But the reality is this: If you donít do it, forget about reducing federal spending. Itís not going to happen. You better address Social Security. You better come up with a way to allow for private Social Security accounts, structurally fix both of those things, or forget the idea of ending deficit spending.

Source: 2007 Republican debate in Dearborn, Michigan Oct 9, 2007

Debbie Stabenow: Led the fight to stop privatization

Q: Would you support taxing amounts above $94K to shore up Social Security?

BOUCHARD: She voted to give Social Security to illegal immigrants. We need to fix that situation. There are men and women at home who are worried about having their benefits. Committing identity theft is fundamentally wrong. I will stop that. Thatís what Michigan needs. Less partisan wrangling, less filibusters. We need results.

STABENOW: Social Security is NOT given to illegals, and I didnít vote for it. I believe Social Security is a great Amer. success story. He supports privatization of Social Security. I was proud to lead [the fight to] stop privatization. We need to put more funds into that system. I want to keep the security in Social Security. My opponent sent me a thank you note for funding that he received as a result of my votes.

Source: 2006 Michigan Senate Debate in Grand Rapids, x-ref Bouchard Oct 15, 2006

Mike Bouchard: Supports privatization of Social Security

Q: Would you support taxing amounts above $94K to shore up Social Security?

BOUCHARD: She voted to give Social Security to illegal immigrants. We need to fix that situation. There are men and women at home who are worried about having their benefits. Committing identity theft is fundamentally wrong. I will stop that. Thatís what Michigan needs. Less partisan wrangling, less filibusters. We need results.

STABENOW: Social Security is NOT given to illegals, and I didnít vote for it. I believe Social Security is a great Amer. success story. He supports privatization of Social Security. I was proud to lead [the fight to] stop privatization. We need to put more funds into that system. I want to keep the security in Social Security. My opponent sent me a thank you note for funding that he received as a result of my votes.

Source: 2006 Michigan Senate Debate in Grand Rapids Oct 15, 2006

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Donald Trump(NY)
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