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Jim Martin on Social Security

Democratic Senate Challenger


Notch Reform: equitable benefits to all recipients

Q: The Senior Citizens League members are to a large extent Notch babies--those individuals who receive lower Social Security benefits because they were born in the years 1917 and immediately thereafter. Do you support Notch Reform?

A: Since being signed into law in 1935 by President Franklin Roosevelt, the Social Security Act has been the primary method by which we ensure our citizens remain financially secure in their retirement years. The importance of adequately funding the Social Security system cannot be overstated. Current estimates are that nearly 40% of Americans over the age of 65 are kept out of poverty by the Social Security system. Moreover, adequate Social Security benefits are a fundamental right for all Americans who have spent their life working and contributing into the system. As such, Social Security benefits should be administered equitably to all recipients, regardless of their year of birth.

Source: Senior Citizens League Guide to the 2008 US Senate Campaigns Oct 10, 2008

Base COLA increases on actual cost of necessities

Q: Do you support COLA Fairness, based on the consumer price index (CPI) for seniors?

A: Social Security benefits are the primary method by which we keep our retired population out of poverty. Because of their critical importance, the Social Security benefits received by individuals must be at a level commensurate with actual cost of living. I support a method of benefit computation that is not based on spending patterns, but rather on the actual cost of necessary goods and services.

Source: Senior Citizens League Guide to the 2008 US Senate Campaigns Oct 10, 2008

Privatization of the system is the wrong answer

Q: Do you support Social Security Reform or Privatization?

A: Presently, and since approximately 1982, Social Security income has exceeded its expenditures--most recently by over $150 billion per year. However, given the anticipated surge in the retirement population that is expected to arise in coming years, expenses will exceed revenues. As a short term solution to this problem, we must ensure that the Social Security trust fund is adequately funded and that surplus revenues are not taken from the fund and used to pay for lawmakers' pet projects. In the long term, we must work to strengthen our overall economy. By increasing the number of Americans working in high paying jobs, our economic health will be improved and Social Security will be completely viable. I am a strong supporter of the Social Security system and firmly believe that privatization of the system is the wrong answer--both for the solvency of the system, as well as that of its intended beneficiaries.

Source: Senior Citizens League Guide to the 2008 US Senate Campaigns Oct 10, 2008

Protect seniors from consumer fraud

We must stop using the Social Security trust fund to pay for Washington's pork-barrel spending. The federal government has an important role to play in negotiating with drug companies to lower prescription drug costs for seniors. We must safeguard workers' retirement savings and also protect seniors from consumer fraud. We must support families who are caring for older family members.
Source: Campaign website, www.martinforsenate.com, "Issues" Jul 18, 2008

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Rand Knight
Saxby Chambliss
Vernon Jones


2008 Senate retirements:

Wayne Allard(R,CO)
Larry Craig(R,ID)
Pete Domenici(R,NM)
Chuck Hagel(R,NE)
Trent Lott(R,MS)
Craig Thomas(R,WY)
John Warner(R,VA)

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Pres.Barack Obama
V.P.Joe Biden
State:Hillary Clinton
HHS:Tom Daschle
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DOC:Bill Richardson
DoD:Robert Gates
A.G.:Eric Holder
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ID:*Risch
IL:Durbin
KS:Roberts
KY:McConnell
LA:Landrieu
MA:Kerry
ME:Collins
MI:Levin
MN:Coleman v.Franken (recounting as of Dec.1)
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MS6:Cochran
MT:Baucus
NC:*Hagan over Dole
NE:*Johanns
NH:*Shaheen over Sununu
NJ:Lautenberg
NM:*Udall
OK:Inhofe
OR:*Merkley over Smith
RI:Reed
SC:Graham
SD:Johnson
TN:Alexander
TX:Cornyn
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