Jimmy Carter on Social Security
President of the U.S., 1977-1981
REAGAN: The social security system was based on a false premise. It is trillions of dollars out of balance.
CARTER: As long as there's a Democratic President, we will have a strong and viable social security system. Although Gov. Reagan has changed his position lately, on four different occasions he has advocated making social security a voluntary system, which would very quickly bankrupt it.
REAGAN: This statement that somehow I wanted to destroy it, that I am for voluntary social security, which would mean the ruin of it. The voluntary thing that I suggested many years ago was that if this is an insurance program, the person who's paying in should be able to name his own beneficiaries. That's the closest I've ever come to anything voluntary with social security. I, too, am pledged to a social security program that will reassure senior citizens that they're going to get their money.
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George W. Bush(R,2001-2009)
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