Statements about Social Security
Says Mitt Romney wrote that if Social Security was done "in the private sector, it would be called criminal."
"Poverty among Americans 65 and over is statistically unchanged" in recent years because of Social Security.
"Today, when people retire in Galveston County, Texas, they retire making at least 50 percent more than they would ever get out of Social Security."
Says that in his book, Rick Perry said that "Social Security is unconstitutional."
Social Security is a "Ponzi scheme."
"In writing his book, Gov. Perry pointed out that … by any measure Social Security has been a failure."
"In (Sen. Marco) Rubio's state of Florida alone, Social Security lifts more than -- count it -- a million people out of poverty."
Rick Perry "has advocated abandoning Social Security, scuttling Medicaid and ending the federal income tax."
"When Social Security first started, there was 16 workers for every retiree. Today there are three workers for every retiree and soon there will be only two for every retiree."
"There's no money in Social Security."
"Social Security doesn’t contribute a penny to the deficit."
"Social Security didn’t cause the debt crisis. Social Security had nothing to do with the debt crisis."
Social Security and other federal checks may not go out on Aug. 3 if the debt ceiling is not increased.
Every 10th dollar spent by the Social Security Administration on its program for the poor is "waste, or fraud, they can’t validate that the people should have gotten it," totaling about $8 billion a year.
Says an alternative to Social Security that operates in Galveston County, Texas, has meant that participants will "retire with a whole lot more money" than under Social Security.
"The cost-of-living increase in Social Security is tied to wage inflation."
"The (national) debt really added up $75 trillion in 2010 and is on track to hit $99 trillion this year."
Members of Congress "receive full pay retirement after serving one term."
One of every two Wisconsin residents are "on some kind of government handout."
"We bring in enough tax revenue to service our debt, pay for Medicare and Medicaid and Social Security, and then still have about $300 (billion) or $400 billion left over."
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