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Ken Buck on Social Security

 

 


Give younger workers option to invest in separate retirement

Bennet accused Buck of changing his positions on Social Security and other issues, depending on the audience. Buck denied it, calling that a deliberate distortion. "It's OK to change your mind," Bennet shot back. "But it's important to say the same thing in the red parts of the state as well as the blue parts."

Buck charged that Bennet's television ads were dishonest, taking snippets of Buck's comments to portray him as wanting to privatize Social Security. Buck said he supported redesigning Social Security so that younger workers in the future would have the option of investing in separate retirement accounts. No one paying into the system would lose benefits, he insisted. "I've never said we should privatize Social Security," he told Bennet, who made that accusation against Buck in television ads. "You in your commercials take little clips out of context," Buck answered to cheers from his ranks.

Source: Pueblo Chieftan coverage of 2010 Colorado Senate Debate , Oct 8, 2010

Transferring Trust Fund to general fund will bankrupt system

Michael Bennet campaign ad narrator: "Buck questioned whether Social Security should exist at all." Buck [video clip]: "I don't know whether it is constitutional or not. It is certainly a horrible policy."

FACT BUT MISLEADING: The use of Buck's own words makes what comes out of his mouth factual, but the way portions of his comments are used in the ad can be misleading without the proper context of the comment. The clip of Buck is from the Constitutionalist Today Forum on March 9. Buck was answering this question: "Is it constitutional for the government to have a Social Security program where it directs the monies that we put into it?"

Buck added, "In the '60s, when they took the money out of the trust fund to use to fund general fund programs, and what we ended up with was a system that will be bankrupt in 10-25 years from now. It is bad policy."

Source: The Denver Channel, "Politics" (fact-checking) , Sep 2, 2010

No privatization; but private sector should run retirement

Michael Bennet campaign ad narrator: "Buck wants to privatize Social Security."

MISLEADING: A Buck spokesman wrote: "Ken is not in favor of privatizing social security." However, at the same forum at which the Bennet ad shows Buck speaking, Buck did say this: "The idea that the federal government should be running health care or retirement or any of those programs is fundamentally against what I believe, and that is that the private sector runs programs like that far better," said Buck.

Source: The Denver Channel, "Politics" (fact-checking) , Sep 2, 2010

Opposes private retirement accounts.

Buck opposes the CC survey question on private retirement accounts

The Christian Coalition voter guide [is] one of the most powerful tools Christians have ever had to impact our society during elections. This simple tool has helped educate tens of millions of citizens across this nation as to where candidates for public office stand on key faith and family issues.

The CC survey summarizes candidate stances on the following topic: "Allowing individuals to invest a portion of their Social Security tax in private retirement accounts"

Source: Christian Coalition Survey 10-CC-q6 on Aug 11, 2010

Opposes personal retirement accounts, rated by Faith2Action.

Buck opposes the F2A survey question on personal retirement accounts

Faith2Action.org is "the nation's largest network of pro-family groups." They provide election resources for each state, including Voter Guides and Congressional Scorecards excerpted here. The F2A survey summarizes candidate stances on the following topic: 'Social Security: Do you support allowing individuals to divert a portion of their Social Security taxes into personal retirement accounts?'

Source: Faith2Action Survey 14-F2A-Q6 on Jul 30, 2014

Opposes personal retirement accounts, according to PVS rating.

Buck opposes the PVS survey question on personal retirement accounts

Project VoteSmart infers summary responses from campaign statements and news reports The PVS survey summarizes candidate stances on the following topic: 'Social Security: Do you support allowing individuals to divert a portion of their Social Security taxes into personal retirement accounts?'

Source: Project VoteSmart Inferred Survey 14-PVS-q6 on Sep 30, 2014

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