State of Nevada Archives: on Social Security


Harry Reid: What would have happened if Trust Fund were in stock market?

During the primary, she said Social Security and Medicare should be phased out and privatized. Now she only says she wants to personalize Social Security.

But Reid wouldn't let her off the hook: "Now she talks about, and has for years talked about, getting rid of Social Security. For years. Look what would have happened had we put this money in the stock market as was suggested by President Bush. This is an extreme idea, and it will destroy Social Security."

Source: NPR Morning Edition coverage of 2010 Nevada Senate debate Oct 15, 2010

Sharron Angle: Personalize Social Security; not privatize

During the primary, she said Social Security and Medicare should be phased out and privatized. Now she only says she wants to personalize Social Security.

But Reid wouldn't let her off the hook: "Now she talks about, and has for years talked about, getting rid of Social Security. For years. Look what would have happened had we put this money in the stock market as was suggested by President Bush. This is an extreme idea, and it will destroy Social Security."

Source: NPR Morning Edition coverage of 2010 Nevada Senate debate Oct 15, 2010

Tom Vilsack: If US govít were a business, balance sheet looks mismanaged

Q: What are your plans for insuring the finances of Social Security and Medicare?

A: Letís be up front about the magnitude of the problem. If the US government were a corporation and they had to report to the shareholders, and they had to list the unfunded liability of Social Security and Medicare, can you imagine what that would look like on the balance sheet? Well, Iíll tell you, the most conservative number is $39 trillion. This has been mismanaged for an extended period of time.

Source: 2007 AFSCME Democratic primary debate in Carson City Nevada Feb 21, 2007

Tom Vilsack: Index by prices instead of wages, to maintain stability

Q: What are your plans for insuring the finances of Social Security?

A: First and foremost, youíre going to have to take a look at the way in which Social Security is indexed. Currently, itís indexed based on wages and price. We can index it on price and still maintain the stability of Social Security and maintain the purchasing power of Social Security without necessarily jeopardizing the future of Social Security.

Source: 2007 AFSCME Democratic primary debate in Carson City Nevada Feb 21, 2007

John Ensign: Supports privatizing Social Security

Those in todayís workforce are tomorrowís retirees, and they deserve the opportunity to invest a portion of their Social Security payroll taxes in individual accounts.
Source: www.ensign4nevada.com Sep 27, 2000

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2016 Presidential contenders on Social Security:
  Republicans:
Amb.John Bolton(MD)
Gov.Jeb Bush(FL)
Dr.Ben Carson(MD)
Gov.Chris Christie(NJ)
Sen.Ted Cruz(TX)
Gov.Mike Huckabee(AR)
Gov.Jon Huntsman(UT)
Gov.Bobby Jindal(LA)
Rep.Peter King(NY)
Gov.Sarah Palin(AK)
Sen.Rand Paul(KY)
Gov.Rick Perry(TX)
Sen.Rob Portman(OH)
Secy.Condi Rice(CA)
Sen.Marco Rubio(FL)
Rep.Paul Ryan(WI)
Sen.Rick Santorum(PA)
Democrats:
Secy.Hillary Clinton(NY)
V.P.Joe Biden(DE)
Gov.Andrew Cuomo(NY)
Mayor Rahm Emanuel(IL)
Gov.Martin O`Malley(MD)
Sen.Bernie Sanders(VT)
Gov.Brian Schweitzer(MT)
Sen.Jim Webb(VA)

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Mayor Michael Bloomberg(I-NYC)
Gov.Gary Johnson(L-NM)
Donald Trump(NY)
Gov.Jesse Ventura(I-MN)
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