• 20. Privatize Social Security
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Background

In the US, Social Security is a social insurance program officially called "Old-Age, Survivors, and Disability Insurance" (OASDI), in reference to its three components. Due to projected difficulties with social security programs, many have argued, including former president Bush, that social security should be privatized (at least partly). This is a situation in which individuals are given subsidized personal accounts ("individual accounts" or "private accounts") through partial privatization of the system.

(Source: Wikipedia)
Official Democratic Position

We believe every American deserves a secure, healthy, and dignified retirement. During their working years, Americans contribute to Social Security in exchange for a promise that they will receive an income in retirement. Unlike those in the other party, we will find a solution to protect Social Security for future generations. We will block Republican efforts to subject Americans' guaranteed retirement income to the whims of the stock market through privatization. We reject approaches that insist that cutting benefits is the only answer. President Obama will also make it easier for Americans to save on their own for retirement and prepare for unforeseen expenses by participating in retirement accounts at work.

Democrats believe that Social Security and Medicare must be kept strong for seniors, people with disabilities, and future generations. Our opponents have shown a shocking willingness to gut these programs to pay for tax cuts for the wealthiest, and we fundamentally reject that approach.

Source: 2012 Democratic Party Platform , Sep 4, 2012
Official Republican Position

While no changes should adversely affect any current or near-retiree, comprehensive reform should address our society's remarkable medical advances in longevity and allow younger workers the option of creating their own personal investment accounts as supplements to the system. Younger Americans have lost all faith in the Social Security system, which is understandable when they read the non- partisan actuary's reports about its future funding status. Born in an old industrial era beyond the memory of most Americans, it is long overdue for major change, not just another legislative stopgap that postpones a day of reckoning. To restore public trust in the system, Republicans are committed to setting it on a sound fiscal basis that will give workers control over, and a sound return on, their investments. The sooner we act, the sooner those close to retirement can be reassured of their benefits and younger workers can take responsibility for planning their own retirement decades from now.

Source: 2012 Republican Party Platform , Aug 27, 2012
Candidates' Choice
454 Answered
  •  Strongly Oppose
  •  Oppose
  •  No Opinion
  •  Strongly Support
  •  Support
 Strongly Oppose
CLINTON, HILLARY RODHAM
SANDERS, BERNARD
 Oppose
RUBIO, MARCO
 No Opinion
BUSH, JEB
CARSON, BENJAMIN S SR MD
FIORINA, CARLY
JINDAL, BOBBY
 Support
CHRISTIE, CHRISTOPHER J
GILMORE, JAMES S III
GILMORE, JAMES STUART III
HUCKABEE, MIKE
JOHNSON, GARY EARL
O'MALLEY, MARTIN JOSEPH
PATAKI, GEORGE E
PAUL, RAND
TRUMP, DONALD J
 Strongly Support
CRUZ, RAFAEL EDWARD "TED"
GRAHAM, LINDSEY O
KASICH, JOHN R
RYAN, PAUL D.
SANTORUM, RICHARD J.
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