Tom Tancredo on Social Security
Republican Representative (CO-6)
A: We have to structurally change both Social Security and Medicare. All the stuff that we talk about in terms of discretionary spending that we can cut, ridiculous. It won’t matter in the total scheme of things. You’ve got to go after those and structurally change them. I agree entirely with the idea of doing it by giving people the ability to control their own money, moving it from--just exactly like they would in their 401(k).
But the reality is this: If you don’t do it, forget about reducing federal spending. It’s not going to happen. You better address Social Security. You better come up with a way to allow for private Social Security accounts, structurally fix both of those things, or forget the idea of ending deficit spending.
OFFICIAL CONGRESSIONAL SUMMARY: To ensure the integrity of the Social Security trust funds by requiring the Managing Trustee to invest the annual surplus of such trust funds in marketable interest-bearing U.S. obligations, and certificates of deposit in institutions insured by the FDIC, and to protect such trust funds from the public debt limit.
SPONSOR'S INTRODUCTORY REMARKS: Rep. PAUL: The Social Security Preservation Act is a rather simple bill which states that all monies raised by the Social Security trust fund will be spent in payments to beneficiaries, with excess receipts invested in interest-bearing certificates of deposit. This will help keep Social Security trust fund monies from being diverted to other programs, as well as allow the fund to grow by providing for investment in interest-bearing instruments.
The Social Security Preservation Act ensures that the government will keep its promises to America's seniors that taxes collected for Social Security will be used for Social Security. When the government taxes Americans to fund Social Security, it promises the American people that the money will be there for them when they retire. Congress has a moral obligation to keep that promise.
The return of massive federal deficits, and the accompanying pressure for massive new raids on the trust fund, make it more important than ever that Congress protect the trust fund from big spending, pork-barrel politics. I call upon all my colleagues, regardless of which proposal for long-term Social Security reform they support, to stand up for America's seniors by cosponsoring the Social Security Preservation Act.
LEGISLATIVE OUTCOME:Referred to House Subcommittee on Social Security; never came to a vote.
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