Elect Caforio to protect Social Security

By Signal Contributor

Last update: Friday, September 30th, 2016

I’m voting for Bryan Caforio for the 25th Congressional District. Let me tell you why.
Steve Knight has been a big disappointment.

Did you know that Knight has openly said, “I think Social Security was a bad idea?” On a radio interview Steve Knight said, “I’m not a big fan of Social Security.”

Knight’s position is that we should privatize Social Security. Yeah, right! We should give our Social Security benefits to Wall Street speculators. That is the height of irresponsibility.

My grandparents were hardworking, blue-collar folks. Never had an extra dime they could set aside. Living from paycheck to paycheck, they felt lucky to be able to pay the rent and put food on the table.

Social Security gave my grandparents freedom from money worries in their last years. Grandma and Grampa lived ‘til ages 96 and 99.

My family never would have enjoyed this wonderful old couple for so long had there not been Social Security to lessen their income cares.

Steve Knight needs to look around his district. There are lots of folks just like my grandparents. Families struggling to get by, counting on Social Security to be there for them ‘cause they sure don’t have the money today to put away for tomorrow.

Bryan Caforio’s position on Social security is at the other end of the spectrum. He believes Social Security is our government’s “sacred promise to today’s seniors and tomorrow’s retirees.”

He will oppose any attempts to cut benefits, delay the retirement age or otherwise weaken Social Security. He will be there for us.

This fine young man cares about you and me. Whether you are 20 or 80, Bryan Caforio deserves your vote. He sure is getting mine!

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Elect Caforio to protect Social Security

Bryan Caforio

I’m voting for Bryan Caforio for the 25th Congressional District. Let me tell you why.
Steve Knight has been a big disappointment.

Did you know that Knight has openly said, “I think Social Security was a bad idea?” On a radio interview Steve Knight said, “I’m not a big fan of Social Security.”

Knight’s position is that we should privatize Social Security. Yeah, right! We should give our Social Security benefits to Wall Street speculators. That is the height of irresponsibility.

My grandparents were hardworking, blue-collar folks. Never had an extra dime they could set aside. Living from paycheck to paycheck, they felt lucky to be able to pay the rent and put food on the table.

Social Security gave my grandparents freedom from money worries in their last years. Grandma and Grampa lived ‘til ages 96 and 99.

My family never would have enjoyed this wonderful old couple for so long had there not been Social Security to lessen their income cares.

Steve Knight needs to look around his district. There are lots of folks just like my grandparents. Families struggling to get by, counting on Social Security to be there for them ‘cause they sure don’t have the money today to put away for tomorrow.

Bryan Caforio’s position on Social security is at the other end of the spectrum. He believes Social Security is our government’s “sacred promise to today’s seniors and tomorrow’s retirees.”

He will oppose any attempts to cut benefits, delay the retirement age or otherwise weaken Social Security. He will be there for us.

This fine young man cares about you and me. Whether you are 20 or 80, Bryan Caforio deserves your vote. He sure is getting mine!

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    The LTE author repeats talking points that don’t fairly represent Rep. Knight’s position on Social Security. Here it is, directly from the source:

    We must act to ensure that Social Security is preserved and protected for current and future retirees; there is no doubt about this. That means that everyone who is currently receiving Social Security payments must continue doing so, and we should also take steps to ensure that the program is available for future generations.

    Unfortunately decades of inaction by both political parties has put our Social Security system directly in harm’s way. In 1945, there were approximately 42 workers paying into the system for every retiree receiving Social Security benefits. Currently, there are only about 3 workers for every retiree, and soon there will be only 2 workers for every beneficiary. The program is paying out far more than it is bringing in and its trust funds will be exhausted by 2035. This means that in two decades, Social Security will become insolvent because it will not be able to pay out one hundred percent of promised benefits to retirees. This is unacceptable.

    Many believe that even the slightest mention of Social Security reform is politically unthinkable, and feel the best course of action is to ignore this problem or let future generations sort it out. This line of thinking is irresponsible and will endanger our children’s future. Instead, what we ought to do is set politics aside and work on a bipartisan solution that will preserve Social Security for current and future generations.

    This will not be a simple process, and we will need to pursue several approaches to address this multi-faceted problem. For example, the House is currently working to eliminate costly Social Security fraud and abuse by closing a loophole in the disability insurance program that allows individuals to receive both unemployment insurance and disability payments.

    Additionally, by addressing the current pay structure we can ensure public funding is appropriately dispersed among those living on a fixed income. Just because someone spent their career working 9-5, and earning 9.50 an hour, doesn’t mean they should be subjected to a poverty-stricken retirement at less than $950.00 per month.

    Protecting and preserving Social Security for future generations is extremely important, and will require bipartisan cooperation. I look forward to continuing to work with my colleagues in the House on ensuring our most reliable safety net is around for the retirees of today and tomorrow.

    http://steveknight.org/policy/