State of Alabama Archives: on Social Security


Tommy Tuberville: Look into private options; spending is unsustainable

Q: How would you guarantee Social Security benefits for future generations?

A: Spending on Social Security is unsustainable. We must reform the system but cannot disturb the benefits for those already receiving them. We need to review whether the retirement age should be increased (not for those already or near receiving) as well as looking into private options for SS. We need to remove government red tape out of the system.

Source: AFA iVoterGuide on 2020 Alabama Senate race Nov 3, 2020

Marcus Bowman: Explore all solutions for younger generations

Q: Do you support or oppose the policy, "Privatize Social Security"

A: We need immediate, continuous, national dialogue on the issue of Social Security. We need to preserve benefits for those that have paid in. We need to explore all solutions for ensuring that a viable long-term manner of financial security is possible for younger generations.

Source: Email interview on 2016 Alabama Senate race with OnTheIssues Jan 21, 2016

Ron Crumpton: Eliminate the cap on the social security tax

Q: Do you agree or disagree with the statement, "Privatize Social Security"?

A: Strongly disagree. Eliminate the cap on the social security tax

Source: Email interview on 2016 Alabama Senate race with OnTheIssues Nov 26, 2015

Ron Crumpton: Eliminate the cap on the social security tax

Currently, 9% of those over 65 and more than 1/3 of the disabled are living in poverty. If it were not for Social Security, 42% of the elderly and more than 3/4 of the disabled would be living in poverty. That equates to 22 million Americans that would be living in poverty without Social Security. The problem is that Social Security is going broke.

Under the current tax provisions, Social Security will only be able to meet its requirements through 2033. The fix is simple. We need to eliminate the cap on the social security tax. The current cap is $118,500, which means you only pay the tax on the first $118,500 in earnings. That means that a person making $50,000 a year pays the tax on their full earnings, but a person making $250,000 pays the tax on less than half of their earnings. If we remove the tax, we would be able to raise benefits, lifting more Americans out of poverty, and the program would remain solvent for an additional 75 years.

Source: 2016 Senate campaign website CrumptonForAlabama.com Jul 23, 2015

Jeff Sessions: Small adjustments now, so everyone has benefits in future

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

A: We've got to save Social Security. People have depended on it and they've paid into it all their working lives. The Senator was quick to point out all the money paid in to Social Security is not enough, though, because people are living longer. "We need to make some adjustments now--smaller series of adjustments to put those programs on a sound basis, and everyone who's going home at night, working hard, can sleep well knowing that they're going to have these benefits in the future," said Sen. Sessions.

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

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2020 Presidential contenders on Social Security:
  Democrats running for President:
Sen.Michael Bennet (D-CO)
V.P.Joe Biden (D-DE)
Mayor Mike Bloomberg (I-NYC)
Gov.Steve Bullock (D-MT)
Mayor Pete Buttigieg (D-IN)
Sen.Cory Booker (D-NJ)
Secy.Julian Castro (D-TX)
Gov.Lincoln Chafee (L-RI)
Rep.John Delaney (D-MD)
Rep.Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI)
Sen.Amy Klobuchar (D-MN)
Gov.Deval Patrick (D-MA)
Sen.Bernie Sanders (I-VT)
CEO Tom Steyer (D-CA)
Sen.Elizabeth Warren (D-MA)
Marianne Williamson (D-CA)
CEO Andrew Yang (D-NY)

2020 Third Party Candidates:
Rep.Justin Amash (L-MI)
CEO Don Blankenship (C-WV)
Gov.Lincoln Chafee (L-RI)
Howie Hawkins (G-NY)
Gov.Gary Johnson(L-NM)
Howard Schultz(I-WA)
Gov.Jesse Ventura (I-MN)
Republicans running for President:
Sen.Ted Cruz(R-TX)
Gov.Larry Hogan (R-MD)
Gov.John Kasich(R-OH)
V.P.Mike Pence(R-IN)
Gov.Mark Sanford (R-SC)
Pres.Donald Trump(R-NY)
Rep.Joe Walsh (R-IL)
Gov.Bill Weld(R-MA & L-NY)

2020 Withdrawn Democratic Candidates:
Sen.Stacey Abrams (D-GA)
Mayor Bill de Blasio (D-NYC)
Sen.Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY)
Sen.Mike Gravel (D-AK)
Sen.Kamala Harris (D-CA)
Gov.John Hickenlooper (D-CO)
Gov.Jay Inslee (D-WA)
Mayor Wayne Messam (D-FL)
Rep.Seth Moulton (D-MA)
Rep.Beto O`Rourke (D-TX)
Rep.Tim Ryan (D-CA)
Adm.Joe Sestak (D-PA)
Rep.Eric Swalwell (D-CA)
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