State of Kansas Archives: on Social Security

Curtis Coleman: Divert some FICA taxes into personal retirement accounts

Q: Do you support allowing individuals to divert a portion of their Social Security taxes into personal retirement accounts?

Coleman: Yes

Source: Vote Smart Arkansas 2016 Political Courage Test Sep 1, 2016

Conner Eldridge: Protect seniors from privatization and Wall Street gambling

Conner's plan to protect Arkansas's seniorsConner firmly believes seniors should have a choice in how they retire and how they get their health care. In particular, Conner will fight to preserve Social Security and Medicare and will fight any and all attempts to privatize these important promises to our seniors. These are not entitlement programs--they are fulfilling a covenant made and benefits earned after a lifetime of hard work.
Source: 2016 Senate campaign website, Aug 31, 2016

Patrick Wiesner: Raise $180B for Trust Fund by mandated bond interest rates

A vital source of trust fund deposits is the interest earned on the US government bonds purchased when the Social Security has a surplus. Today, these earn about 3.3% interest per year. Twenty years ago, interest earnings were over 6.5%. As your Senator, I will draft the law that raises the Social Security bond interest earnings to a fixed 9.3%. Interest deposits to the trust funds will increase by $180 billion each year. This will replenish Social Security with enough reserves to carry the trust funds through the retirement of baby boomers and beyond.

My plan does not increase payroll tax rates. We won't need to raise the retirement age, reduce benefits, or incur more debt. Senators and House members will have to inform the lobbyists, special interests, and contractors that they will have to get their revenue from the private sector because the Social Security trust funds are short of money.

Source: 2016 Kansas Senate campaign website Aug 31, 2016

French Hill: Keep our promises, and enhance 401k's & reverse mortgages

Social Security and Medicare are promises between the federal government and the hard-working Americans who have paid into these programs over the years. Since 1935, American workers have contributed to Social Security. This valuable program provides many seniors with a reliable pension. However, lack of government oversight and frequent abuse has weakened this program. Through strong leadership and common sense, I believe we can strengthen Social Security for today's seniors and future beneficiaries

I support policies that help hard-working Americans save for retirement and health care independent of government aid. We must enhance 401(K)'s, IRA's, and health savings accounts so seniors can have security and peace of mind. We should protect and promote the FHA's successful reverse mortgage program, which offers seniors increased liquidity based on the years of accumulated equity. However, these meaningful improvements will only matter if we control Washington's spending addiction.

Source: 2014 Arkansas House campaign website, Nov 4, 2014

Randall Batson: Strongly supports privatizing Social Security

Q: Do you support or oppose privatizing Social Security?

A: Strongly Support.

Source: E-mail interview on Kansas 2014 Senate race with OnTheIssues Sep 19, 2014

Chad Taylor: No privatization; but we need to discuss reforms

Q: What is your Social Security policy?

A: We do not support privatizing. Social Security is a commitment we have made; citizens have a right to get back their retirement investment. The federal government has a responsibility to keep this entitlement solvent.

Q: So what methods would you prefer for ensuring solvency? Raise the income cap? Raise the retirement age?

A: We don't have a particular solution in mind. When it came to agriculture policy, Chad went around the state seeking input from stakeholders at roundtable discussions. We would do the same for Social Security. Let's get the stakeholders together and discuss possible solutions; there is no danger in conversation. That conversation has not occurred for Social Security for a couple of decades now.

Source: Phone interview: 2014 Kansas Senate race OnTheIssues Sep 3, 2014

Randall Batson: Opt in/opt out of payroll deduction choice

Personal Retirement Saving Plans: What if people were recipients of their own contributions? The idea is payroll deduction choice. Individuals could opt-in, opt-out, and adjust percentage payments anytime. Individual choice requires ownership. Individuals would be owners of these savings accounts. Funds could be transitioned to existing pensions, 401K's, or savings accounts, IRA's, life insurance policies, CD's, savings accounts, or to spend as they like. We should not tax these investments.
Source: 2014 Kansas Senate campaign website Aug 31, 2014

Randall Batson: Opt in/opt out of payroll deduction choice

Department of Education: Federal involvement in public schools is unnecessary and has diminished our standing in the world. Private schools should be funded, and parents and students should be free to choose schools. Teachers should compete for students. Eliminating the DOE is necessary to return states to their proper role in administering education.
Source: 2014 Kansas Senate campaign website Aug 31, 2014

Greg Orman: Lack of economic growth drains Social Security

"The lack of a growing economy is the most significant issue facing Kansas and our nation today," Orman said. "It creates a cascade effect leading to increases in Social Security disability claims, healthcare, and an inability to properly educate our children."

As a business owner, he also discussed how we have a health care system that we cannot afford. Each year for the past 15 years, health care expenses have risen. These increases often come at the expense of better wages for employees.

Source: Independent Voter Project on 2014 Kansas Senate race Jun 30, 2014

Tom Cotton: Oppo AdWatch: supports Privatizing social security

Democrats are back on the air in Arkansas, attacking Senate candidate and Rep. Tom Cotton (R) as a "politician we just can't trust." The latest ad, backed by a $150,000 TV buy from the pro-Democratic super-PAC Patriot Majority, attacks Cotton as a pawn of Wall Street.

"The real Tom Cotton? Just scratch the surface," the ad's narrator says as Cotton's face is shown on a scratch-off lottery ticket. "Cotton made hundreds of thousands of dollars working for corporate interests. In Congress he takes their campaign cash, luxury trips around the country, and then backs their schemes: Privatizing social security, gambling it on Wall Street, pledging to keep tax breaks that ship jobs overseas. The real Tom Cotton? A politician we just can't trust."

Cotton and Sen. Mark Pryor (D-Ark.) are locked in a hard-fought race in conservative Arkansas. Both sides have been spending heavily on TV ads for months.

Source: The Hill e-zine AdWatch on 2014 Arkansas Senate race Mar 19, 2014

Robin Carnahan: Accuses opponent of voting to privatize

Carnahan accused Blunt of voting to privatize Social Security and of once saying that Medicare shouldn't have been created. But Blunt insisted that Carnahan was flat wrong. "I did not say that (about Medicare)," Blunt said. "I have the statement right here."

"It was pretty clear," Carnahan countered.

Blunt also said he never voted to privatize Social Security. "I don't know why you think you can change the facts," Carnahan said. "The facts are the facts."

Source: Kansas City Star coverage of 2010 Missouri Senate debate Oct 15, 2010

John Boozman: Private accounts should be looked at as an option

Lincoln criticized Boozman's past support of allowing workers to invest their Social Security taxes in private accounts , saying it would privatize the system and hurt retirees. She also criticized Boozman for co-sponsoring legislation that would replace the federal income tax with a national sales tax.

"The 23 percent sales tax is just a bad idea for Arkansans," Lincoln said. "It is replacing your federal income tax with a 23 percent consumption tax on anything you purchase, anything from your bread to your tires to your home to your car."

Boozman defended his position on Social Security and said that private accounts should be looked at as an option. Boozman said that he's open to the idea of the national sales tax and said it would simplify taxes for Americans.

"I think it's something that needs to be looked at. I would love to get rid of the IRS," Boozman said.

Source: Associated Press coverage of 2010 Arkansas Senate debate Sep 10, 2010

Lisa Johnston: We must protect Social Security

Source: 2010 Senate campaign website,, "Issues" Aug 12, 2010

Kris Kobach: Allow self-managed private retirement accounts

Source: 2004 Kansas Congressional National Political Awareness Test Nov 1, 2004

Jean Carnahan: Save Social Security & strengthen Medicare

Jean Carnahan made speeches several days a week on her husband’s Senate campaign trail and worked on state legislation for better health care and education. She advocated the Equal Rights Amendment, gun control, & workplace child-care centers. “Democrats in Washington are struggling to save Social Security, to strengthen Medicare, to pay down the national debt, to provide a patient’s bill of rights and to give targeted tax cuts that don’t harm services to the neediest in our society,” she said.
Source: [X-ref Health Care] Kevin Murphy, The Kansas City Star Nov 4, 2000

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