Norm Coleman on Social Security
Republican Sr Senator (MN)
A: I support efforts to address the notch benefit disparity. In fact, last year I introduced a resolution calling for Congress to take up legislation to correct this inequity.
Source: Senior Citizens League Guide to the 2008 US Senate Campaigns Oct 10, 2008
A: We must address the inherent fiscal problems in Social Security so that this vitally important program is around for future generations to use. For this reason, Iím a cosponsor of S. 355, Social Security and Medicare Solvency Commission Act. This bill would create a permanent bipartisan commission to make recommendations to ensure that programs like Social Security remain viable. This commission would establish a fixed timeline for Congressional action while improving efficiencies in service, delivery and quality of care, without harming the very people these programs are designed to help. Proposals such as individual retirement accounts, which I support, should only be considered as part of a bipartisan, comprehensive plan that doesnít threaten the retirement security of our seniors. Candidate did not respond to requests for information
[The new Coleman ad says]: ďI donít support privatizing Social Security and Iíll fight against anybody who would do that. A Coleman spokesman says Wellstone is wrong in equating Colemanís support for individual retirement accounts with Social Security privatization. [A political analyst notes that] until the stock market plunged, supporters and opponents of the type of accounts Coleman is promoting generally referred to their plans as plans to privatize Social Security.
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."
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. The Alliance believes that all older and retired persons have a responsibility to strive to create a society that incorporates these goals and rights and that retirement provides them with opportunities to pursue new and expanded activities with their unions, civic organizations and their communities.
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Up for 6-year term in 2010:
(13 Democrats; 15 Republicans)
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