Biden has come around to the Sanders position on Social Security
This opinion piece by Mark Weisbrot in MarketWatch states that Joe Biden has moved more toward the Bernie Sanders position on Social Security in this campaign. Sanders, standing virtually alone, has been trying to increase benefits since getting to Congress in 1991. Biden has proposed cuts to rescue the program from insolvency at many junctures over his long career. A recent Survey USA national poll shows Sanders with a sizable lead among younger voters (18-34), with 47% to Biden’s 13%. But among senior citizens (65+), Biden leads by a margin of 25% to 11%. This piece also considers their views on expanding Obamacare versus Medicare for All. Full article here.
The Association of Mature American Citizens (AMAC) believes Social Security must be preserved and modernized. This can be achieved by making modest changes in cost of living adjustments and the retirement age, with no additional taxes on workers. AMAC advocates for a bipartisan compromise, “The Social Security Guarantee Act,” taking selected portions of bills introduced by former Rep. Johnson (R-TX) and current Rep. Larson (D-CT) and merging them with the Association’s own well researched ideas. One component is Social Security PLUS, a new, voluntary plan that would allow all earners to have more income available at retirement. This component is intended to appeal especially to younger workers. AMAC is resolute in its mission that Social Security be preserved and modernized and has gotten the attention of lawmakers in DC, meeting with a great many congressional offices and their staffs over the past several years. Read AMAC’s plan here.