Jon Tester on Social Security
Democratic Jr Senator
|Using Social Security taxes for private accounts|
|Conrad Burns||No response|
A: There is no more important or successful social program in our nation’s history than Social Security. In the 2005 Montana legislature, I voted for a resolution urging Congress to prevent privatization and provide sound, long-term funding for Social Security. I support a secure, long-term funding plan for Social Security that guarantees benefits. I will not support any attempts to privatize Social Security, including creating private savings accounts within Social Security. Such efforts would only end in massive debt, higher taxes, or deep cuts in benefits for America’s seniors.
Proponents recommend voting YES because:
Perhaps the worst example of wasteful spending is when we take the taxes people pay for Social Security and, instead of saving them, we spend them on other things. Even worse than spending Social Security on other things is we do not count it as debt when we talk about the deficit every year. So using the Social Security money is actually a way to hide even more wasteful spending without counting it as debt. This Amendment would change that.
Opponents recommend voting NO because:
This amendment has a fatal flaw. It leaves the door open for private Social Security accounts by providing participants with the option of "pre-funding of at least some portion of future benefits."
Scoring system for 2014: Ranges from 0% (supports privatization and other market-based reforms) to 100% (supports keeping federal control over Trust Fund and Social Security system).
About ARA (from their website, www.RetiredAmericans.org):
The Alliance for Retired Americans is a nationwide organization, founded in May 2001, with now over 4.2 million members working together to make their voices heard in the laws, policies, politics, and institutions that shape our lives. The mission of the Alliance for Retired Americans is to ensure social and economic justice and full civil rights for all citizens so that they may enjoy lives of dignity, personal and family fulfillment and security.
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