State of Georgia Archives: on Social Security

Stacey Abrams: We must help our most vulnerable citizens

As a state, we must deliver critical services to those who have physical, intellectual, and developmental disabilities as well as mental illness. As Minority Leader, Stacey has co-sponsored legislation to support our most vulnerable residents, from kinship care legislation to expanding legal protections for seniors. As Governor, Stacey will continue to advocate for policies and funds to serve these communities.
Source: 2018 Georgia Governor website Aug 17, 2017

Jon Ossoff: A civilized nation cannot abandon its elders to destitution

Our country decided long ago that America's seniors will not be neglected or forgotten. A civilized, prosperous nation cannot abandon its elders to destitution or homelessness, or allow them to go without health care.

Medicare and Social Security are vital programs that reflect our values and our commitment to honor and support seniors. Seniors paid for these benefits throughout their lives. Many still count on these critical programs. We should honor all seniors as if they are our own family.

Source: 2017 Georgia House campaign website, Apr 21, 2017

Jim Barksdale: No privatized "everyone on their own" scheme

Since Social Security and Medicare were enacted, poverty among seniors has plummeted. Georgia's seniors have worked hard and paid into Social Security and Medicare, and deserve to retire knowing the benefits they've earned will be there for them.

As an investment manager, Jim has heard too many heartbreaking stories of people losing their retirement savings on risky Wall Street bets in the 2008 downturn. The risk of those approaching retirement age and without the opportunity to work long enough to replenish heavy losses in their retirement savings is reason enough to never turn Social Security into a privatized "everyone on their own" scheme.

Jim will protect Georgia's seniors today and future generations by never voting to privatize Social Security or turn Medicare into a voucher program. In the U.S. Senate, Jim will never vote to raise the retirement age or cut benefits earned through years of work.

Source: 2016 Georgia Senate campaign website Aug 8, 2016

David Perdue: Reduce $86T retirement deal for federal employees

Q: How would you protect Social Security for today's seniors and strengthen it for future generations?

A: We have a debt that's larger than our economy. It's the No. 1 threat to our national security. That's bad enough, $17 trillion. But we have another $86 to $100 trillion dollars coming at us in future federal unfunded liabilities related to Social Security, Medicare and pension and benefits for federal employees. Perdue's solution is honoring obligations to anyone already receiving Social Security benefits, but changing the benefits for anyone coming into the workforce: "Their deal is going to have to be different". Perdue would make the same changes to Medicare.

Source: AARP Voter Guide on 2014 Georgia Senate race Aug 31, 2014

Michelle Nunn: Bipartisan entitlement reform to preserve Social Security

Q: How would you protect Social Security for today's seniors and strengthen it for future generations?

A: Congress needs to confront the issue of mandatory spending programs, including Social Security and Medicare, which take up approximately 60% of the budget. The trustees of the Medicare trust project that the hospital insurance portion of Medicare could be depleted by 2026; and Social Security will be forced to cut benefits by 23% in 2033 if nothing is done. We must undertake bipartisan entitlement reform to preserve Medicare and Social Security for those currently in or near retirement, take action to strengthen these programs for the future.

Source: AARP Voter Guide on 2014 Georgia Senate race Aug 31, 2014

Vernon Jones: Reform & improve Social Security as we know it today

Our Social Security system needs to be completely reviewed and revised; a “quick fix” will not come overnight. To fix Social Security there needs to be: In summary, the Social Security system is broken. We must stop the knee jerk political reactions/solution that have swirled around this issue for the last ten years. Members of Congress should be required to join Social Security. As your Senator, I will devote whatever time is necessary in order to improve Social Security as we know it today.
Source: 2008 Senate campaign website, Jul 11, 2008

Vernon Jones: Fight hard as the Dickens for our seniors

I have a track record of working with seniors and making sure they have access to Medicaid and Medicare. I would [as a senator] make sure they don’t have to choose between buying food and prescription medicine. Our seniors have worked hard all their lives and nobody’s there for them. I’ll fight hard as the Dickens for our seniors.
Source: Georgia 2008 Democratic Senate Primary Debate Jun 30, 2008

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2016 Presidential contenders on Social Security:
Gov.Jeb Bush(FL)
Dr.Ben Carson(MD)
Gov.Chris Christie(NJ)
Sen.Ted Cruz(TX)
Carly Fiorina(CA)
Gov.Jim Gilmore(VA)
Sen.Lindsey Graham(SC)
Gov.Mike Huckabee(AR)
Gov.Bobby Jindal(LA)
Gov.John Kasich(OH)
Gov.Sarah Palin(AK)
Gov.George Pataki(NY)
Sen.Rand Paul(KY)
Gov.Rick Perry(TX)
Sen.Rob Portman(OH)
Sen.Marco Rubio(FL)
Sen.Rick Santorum(PA)
Donald Trump(NY)
Gov.Scott Walker(WI)
Gov.Lincoln Chafee(RI)
Secy.Hillary Clinton(NY)
V.P.Joe Biden(DE)
Gov.Martin O`Malley(MD)
Sen.Bernie Sanders(VT)
Sen.Elizabeth Warren(MA)
Sen.Jim Webb(VA)

2016 Third Party Candidates:
Gov.Gary Johnson(L-NM)
Roseanne Barr(PF-HI)
Robert Steele(L-NY)
Dr.Jill Stein(G,MA)
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