Statements about Social Security
"A little less than 50 percent of the people in this country depend on some form of federal payment, some form of government benefit to help provide for them."
"When I was born, less than 10 percent of the federal budget was entitlement spending. It's now 60 percent of the budget."
In Chile "they have 72 percent of the GDP in savings."
Says he never said he wanted to move Social Security "back to the states."
"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."
Social Security and other federal checks may not go out on Aug. 3 if the debt ceiling is not increased.
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."
"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."
Rep. Paul Ryan's budget proposal cuts "nothing" from Medicare, Social Security or defense in the next two to three years, and "in three years, he does not cut one dime from the debt."
Says Majority Leader Eric Cantor called for "abolishing Social Security and Medicare."
"A third of all the young people in America are not in America today because of abortion, because one in three pregnancies end in abortion."
If there’s a government shutdown, "people don’t get their Social Security checks."
The federal government "can cut all of the non-military discretionary spending and not balance the budget."
"The American people say, don't touch Social Security, don't touch Medicare, don't cut defense. That's 84 percent of the federal budget."
"When Social Security was passed, there were all kinds of lawsuits," just as there have been in the legal battle over the new health care law.
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