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Howard Dean on Social Security

Former VT Governor; Former Democratic Candidate for President


President must not steal hard earned retirement security

It wasnít enough for the president to try to wreck the public pension system that we had. It wasnít enough for him to try to turn over Social Security to the same people who brought us Enron -- his good friends and political contributors. Donít Americans deserve, after a long life of work, donít they deserve a retirement with dignity and security? The president wants to take away our Social Security, and then heís going to take away the private pension plans too?
Source: 2005 Take Back America Conference , Jun 2, 2005

Reverse Bush tax cuts to shore up trust fund-donít privatize

Dean strongly opposes any effort to privatize Social Security. He said the government ďmust return to fiscal discipline and use some of the savings to shore up the Social Security Trust Fund.Ē He said eliminating Bushís tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans, closing corporate tax loopholes and spending cuts would provide money for the fund.
Source: Editorial, The State (South Carolina) , Nov 16, 2003

Considered raising retirement age to 70-now keep it at 67

Q: What is your position on raising the retirement age?

DEAN: We shouldnít do it. You know, Dick Gephardt considered means testing Social Security and Medicare both, something that I have never considered. I considered raising the Social Security age possibly to 70, possibly to 68. Iíve rejected that. I think Dick has since rejected means testing Social Security. So my view is, we do not need to raise the retirement age above 67. We do not need to means test Social Security or Medicare.

Source: Debate at Pace University in Lower Manhattan , Sep 25, 2003

Maintain long-term solvency of Social Security and Medicare.

Dean adopted the National Governors Association position paper:

The Issue

With the first federal budget surplus in a generation and estimates of non-Social Security surpluses ranging from $750 billion to $1.9 trillion over the next decade, the issue is whether Congress and the President will agree to dedicate a portion of the projected surplus to tax cuts and, if so, what the impacts on states might be.

NGAís Position

NGA opposes reductions from current discretionary spending levels or changes that could risk the long-term solvency of the nationís Social Security and Medicare systems. NGA supports provisions to ensure reduced barriers to state and local capital finance through tax-exempt bonds and to ensure maximum flexibility in setting and maintaining state retirement plans and programs.
Source: National Governors Association "Issues / Positions" 01-NGA16 on Aug 1, 2001

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George W. Bush (R,2001-2009)
Bill Clinton (D,1993-2001)
George Bush Sr. (R,1989-1993)
Ronald Reagan (R,1981-1989)
Jimmy Carter (D,1977-1981)
Gerald Ford (R,1974-1977)
Richard Nixon (R,1969-1974)
Lyndon Johnson (D,1963-1969)
John F. Kennedy (D,1961-1963)
Dwight Eisenhower (R,1953-1961)
Harry_S_TrumanHarry S Truman(D,1945-1953)

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