State of North Dakota Archives: on Social Security


Rick Berg: 2005: Supported Bush's privatization plan as state rep

Rep. Rick Berg (R-ND) defended his Social Security plan at a Senate debate yesterday, prompting loud and sustained boos from audience members. Berg's opponent, Heidi Heitkamp, attacked the congressman for supporting privatizing Social Security. Indeed, as a state representative in 2005, Berg introduced a resolution formally supporting then-President Bush's plan to privatize Social Security.

When Berg said that this attack is "what's wrong with Washington," he was met with a loud chorus of boos from the audience:

HEITKAMP: When you say "I'm going to fix it," you're going to privatize it. That was George W. Bush's plan. That's the plan you supported, Bush's privatization plan. You can't run away from that record.

BERG: This is what's wrong with Washington. People blame, blame, blame and don't come up with solutions. [Loud boos from the audience]. What we need are solutions to Social Security. There's no question. But what we need is to get our economy going.

Source: ThinkProgress.org on 2012 N.D. Senate debates Sep 6, 2012

Heidi Heitkamp: Balance budget with limited effect on Social Security

Heitkamp recently backed a federal constitutional amendment that would require a balanced budget while limiting its effects on Social Security and Medicare. She described her support of a budget amendment as "something I thought I never would do."

"We cannot any longer rely on ... people who are elected to office, them feeling a personal obligation to (balance the budget)," Heitkamp said. "We have to have a system in place ... that is going to create an obligation."

A Berg spokesman said that Heitkamp backed a new federal health care law that will add billions to the federal debt. Her preferred balanced-budget amendment was "rejected as a sham" by a majority of Democrats, the spokesman said.

Source: AP/The Dickinson Press on 2012 N.D. Senate debate May 5, 2012

Duane Sand: Raise retirement age; raise cap; apply means-testing

Sand rolled out a plan for fixing Social Security, saying bold ideas are needed to fix America's problems. "This isn't a 5-year fix. This isn't a 10-year fix. This is a 100-year fix," Sand said during a press conference. His plan has four primary points.
  1. Reduce the combined employer-employee tax rate from 12.4% to 7.6%.
  2. Establish a retirement age of 70 for everyone born after 2024.
  3. Eliminate the current contribution cap, or the cap at which annual income is taxed for Social Security. The cap in 2011 was $106,800.
  4. Apply means testing to Social Security benefits based on retirement income needs, which he said would allow the program to cease being an entitlement regardless of income and act as a "true safety-net program."
By enacting those reforms, Sand said, more people would be paying into the program for longer so everyone would have adequate Social Security funds to draw from to supplement their retirement.
Source: Bismarck Tribune on 2012 N.D. Senate debate Jan 26, 2012

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