Sanders draws a contrast to Biden on Social Security
The temperature is heating up. Media outlets are beginning to comment on a brand new 30 second ad (see here) from the Bernie Sanders campaign. Sanders uses Joe Biden’s own words from the 1990s against him. It was a decade when both parties were getting close to making a huge “grand bargain” of sorts to finally get entitlements under control. Social Security will be insolvent in just over a decade. Yet Sanders appears determined to increase both taxes and benefits across the board, a curious idea at best given the ill health of Social Security for the medium and long term. The Washington Times explains the ad and its intent here and Politico 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.