Statements about Social Security

Says Iowa Republican Senate candidate Joni Ernst "would privatize Social Security."

While "Arkansas seniors depend on Social Security and Medicare," Sen. Mark Pryor supports an overhaul so they "couldn’t get Social Security until they turn 68 or 69."

Says Rep. Tom Reed, R-N.Y., "voted to raise the Social Security retirement age on us."

Says the U.S. Supreme Court found that "Social Security is not guaranteed."

"Chained CPI would save $1 trillion in the second decade off the federal budget debt," a report shows.

Says David Jolly "supports privatizing Social Security."

"Social Security was advocated … in the 1930s as a way of getting people to quit working, because they thought we were confined to a permanent scarcity of jobs in this country."

"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."

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