Saving Social Security

by Blue America

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When Alan Grayson and Mark Takano released their No Cuts letter, stating "we will vote against any and every cut to Medicare, Medicaid, or Social Security benefits-- including raising the retirement age or cutting the cost of living adjustments that our constituents earned and need," they clearly had an Obama-Boehner deal on Chained CPI in mind. Almost 40 Members of Congress have signed onto it now, although only 2 freshmen besides Takano, Matt Cartwright (PA) and Rick Nolan (MN). Here at Blue America we've been asking candidates for Congress where they stand on Chained CPI and other Austerity schemes to reduce benefits for seniors in order to allow the wealthy to pay immorally low tax rates. Everyone on this page understands the issue and is aligned with the congressmembers who signed the Grayson-Takano letter.

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Daylin Leach


"At a time when corporate profits, executive compensation, the stock market and wealth disparity are at near record highs, it is obscene to even consider balancing our budget on the backs of seniors and veterans. I fully supported President Obama's election, but I can't support any drift towards corporatism to appease tea-party extremists. If we are really serious about ensuring the solvency of Social Security while preserving benefits well into the future, there is a simple solution. We should raise the cap on income subject to the payroll tax from $110,000 per year to $200,000 per year. This is fair, reasonable, and keeps faith with those who rely on Social Security to survive."

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Kenneth Sanders


"We cannot balance the budget on the backs of seniors, Veterans, and our nation’s most vulnerable citizens. Our Social Security system is critical to protecting middle class families, and we cannot allow it to be dismantled one inch. Chained CPI, cutting Social Security, is a terrible idea and a pointless exercise. Besides, Social Security isn't in serious trouble. The Social Security trust fund is flush for at least two decades. If we want to ensure it's there beyond that, there's an easy fix-- just lift the ceiling on income subject to Social Security taxes, which is now $113,700. This way people making above $113,700 will pay like everyone else does, is a far better way of keeping Social Security secure long into the future. We need Congressional leaders who support middle class families, seniors and veterans; those who have helped make this nation great. I will fight to defend social security from Chained CPI. Seniors spend 20-40% of their income on healthcare. Two-thirds of seniors rely on Social Security for most of their income; one-third relies on it for at least 90% of their income. These people aren’t stashing their Social Security checks in the Cayman Islands and buying vacation homes in Aruba-- they are hanging on by their fingernails to their place in the middle class. Right now, corporate profits are at an all time high, the wealthy are doing phenomenally well and we must not balance the budget on the backs of some of the most vulnerable people in this country. Support me and I will be your voice in Washington to fight against Chained CPI and any other cut that threatens the shrinking middle class families of this country."

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Carl Sciortino


"Since the days of FDR, millions of older Americans have been kept out of poverty because of social security. Democrats must continue to be vigilant in protecting this critical program, and take responsible steps to ensure it is available for another generation. We must oppose flawed ideas like chained CPI, which would whittle away at retirement benefits for today's seniors and undermine the program for future retirees."

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