Statements about Social Security
"The reason we have a national debt is not because of defense spending. What is driving our long-term debt are Medicare and Social Security programs."
"Social Security took seven years before anybody got the first check."
"(Texas Republicans) believe in abolishing Social Security, abolishing V.A. health care."
"In his book, (Ken) Cuccinelli questions whether Medicare and Social Security should exist."
"Nearly 70 percent of all federal spending will go towards Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid" in fiscal year 2014.
Historically, the Social Security tax has been assessed on about 90% of U.S. income. Now it captures 83% because there's been such a growth of income among the highest earners.
"The Social Security trust fund is sound. Without anything being done, it would function well into 2038; and even after that time with no changes, we could pay 80 percent of the benefits that people have earned."
"Not one dime gets added to the deficit because of Social Security."
"The Social Security disability fund is going belly up in 2016."
Federal spending on entitlements "is projected to consume all revenue by 2045."
On his definition of "takers" and "makers"
Social Security has nothing to do with the federal deficit.
"Report that #GOP insisting on changes to Social Security as part of #fiscalcliff false. BTW those changes are supported by @barackobama."
Social Security has not contributed to the debt and the deficits.
Says U.S. Senate candidate Tommy Thompson supports a plan for "privatizing Social Security."
Says Connie Mack’s Penny Plan would cut "over $200 billion out of Medicare, over $1 trillion out of Social Security. ... $3 trillion out of defense."
Says U.S. Rep. Charles Bass wants to privatize Social Security.
" … if the Agreement goes into effect, the millions of Mexican citizens who will become eligible for Social Security benefits may have a far stronger claim to benefits and protection against cuts than U.S. citizens!"
"If Gov. Romney's plan goes into effect … the average senior would have to pay $460 a year more in tax for their Social Security."
Defends his vote to push "retirement age to 70" by saying he is for "a process" that would not be fully implemented until "around the turn of the century."
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