State of Massachusetts secondary Archives: on Social Security

Lori Trahan: Fight to keep Social Security uncut & safe for seniors

Trahan said families want a representative they know, someone who has a first-hand understanding of their issues, and one they can trust will fight for them. "Working class people are afraid--they are afraid their Social Security will be cut, they worry about being able to support their families, and they fear for their children's futures," said Trahan. "People want a government that works for them and they want a representative who shares their feelings, their experiences, and their story."
Source: 2018 Massachusetts 3rd House campaign website Oct 9, 2018

Heidi Wellman: Don't privatize Social Security

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


Source: OnTheIssues interview of 2018 Massachusetts Senate candidate Mar 7, 2018

Charlie Baker: Make Massachusetts the most age-friendly state in the nation

Last spring, I appointed a Council to address aging. With a goal of making Massachusetts the most age-friendly state in the nation. The council has provided a platform to think beyond public programs and to draw on expertise in technology, health care, business & innovation.

We're pleased to announce that AARP has formally designated Massachusetts as one of only two age-friendly states in the country. We'll also be increasing state support for the Councils on Aging to the highest level ever.

Source: 2018 State of the State speech to Massachusetts legislature Jan 23, 2018

Jesse Gordon: Creative incentives for increasing retirement savings

Q: Social Security must be expanded so that every American can retire with dignity.

A: Agree.

Candidate's position on this issue: I support creative incentives for increasing retirement savings in general.

Source: ORMA questionnaire for 2017 local Massachusetts endorsements Jul 31, 2017

Ed Markey: Opposes privatizing, or any changes that reduce benefits

Time and again, Ed has fought to protect Social Security and Medicare, which provide retirement security to more than one million people in Massachusetts. He opposes any changes to Social Security that would reduce benefits for our nation's seniors, including misguided proposals to raise the retirement age or reduce cost of living adjustments. And Ed will always fight against Republicans' attempts to privatize Social Security.
Source: on 2020 Massachusetts Senate race Oct 23, 2014

Ed Markey: Oppose Bush's Social Security benefit cut

Rep. Markey today called for Pres. Bush to tell the truth about his risky and misleading proposal to privatize Social Security and the impact it will have on middle class families. Rep. Markey said that roughly 750,000 of the one million middle class families receiving social security in Massachusetts could be hit by the proposal endorsed by President Bush.

"This is the single biggest Social Security benefit cut for the middle class in history. The massive benefit cuts under Social Security privatization will be especially devastating for middle class families in Massachusetts. In fact, 745,038 current Massachusetts beneficiaries would see a reduction in their Social Security checks if the Bush proposal were fully in effect today," said Rep. Markey.

"First, we learned that the Bush proposal to privatize Social Security would mean benefit cuts and trillions in new debt. Now we see a double whammy, with even deeper benefit cuts targeted directly at the middle class," said Rep. Markey.

Source: on 2010 Massachusetts Senate incumbents Oct 4, 2008

John Kerry: Donít threaten Social Security on Wall Street trading block

We must uphold the promise of Roosevelt, Truman, Kennedy, Johnson, Carter, and Clinton and never allow the President and his Republican friends to threaten Social Security by putting it on the Wall Street trading block.
Source: Speech at Massachusetts Democratic Convention May 31, 2002

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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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