State of New Mexico secondary Archives: on Social Security


Bob Walsh: Transition to a voluntary system as soon as possible

Q: How would you guarantee Social Security benefits for future generations?

A: No such guarantee is possible. The Social Security Trust Fund contains only 20% of the amount required to be solvent. It was never planned to have a sound actuarial basis. Most contributions have been spent on retiree benefits instead of investment in the trust fund for current workers. The system envisions workers supporting retirees forever. It is not possible to guarantee that future generations will continue this system. We favor a transition to a voluntary system as soon as possible, recognizing that the victims of this scheme may need the help of, once again, voluntary associations of people with a sense of responsibility to their local communities

Source: AFA iVoterGuide on 2020 New Mexico Senate race Nov 3, 2020

Gavin Clarkson: Put the Trust Fund in a lockbox with no government key

Q: How would you guarantee Social Security benefits for future generations?

A: Put it in a lockbox. The best lockbox to keep Washington bureaucrats from taking away your retirement is one they don't have the key to. I would also enthusiastically support Senator Rand Paul's Penny Plan budget, which would cut spending by 2% for five years in a row, thus eliminating the federal budget deficit without cutting Social Security benefits.

Source: AFA iVoterGuide on 2020 New Mexico Senate race Nov 3, 2020

Bob Walsh: Privatize but Ponzi scheme will fail

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

A: Support. But this Ponzi scheme must fail eventually, regardless.

Source: OnTheIssues interview for 2020 New Mexico race May 1, 2020

Michelle Lujan-Grisham: Dedicated her life to fighting for seniors

Michelle's plan will cut taxes for the middle class and small businesses invest in renewable energy and upgrade New Mexico's critical infrastructure. She will stand fast to protect and improve Social Security and Medicare to make sure America never breaks its promise to our citizens.

As a young attorney she worked for the Lawyer Referral for the Elderly Program of the State Bar of New Mexico. Michelle fought to protect seniors from scam artists, safeguard them from abuse and neglect, and helped them to remain in their homes.

Because of her tireless work on behalf of seniors, four-term Governor Bruce King to appointed her to head the New Mexico State Agency on Aging; she served as the state's first Secretary of Aging and Long Term Services when the department was elevated to a cabinet position.

Source: Vote-USA.org on 2018 New Mexico Gubernatorial incumbents Nov 1, 2018

Gary Johnson: Some or all of Social Security should be privatized

Q: Support full or partial privatization of Social Security?

Martin Heinrich (D): No. Signed Social Security Protectors Pledge.

Gary Johnson (L): Yes. Some or all of Social Security should be privatized.

Mick Rich (R): No position found.

Source: 2018 CampusElect.org Issue Guide on New Mexico Senate race Oct 9, 2018

Martin Heinrich: Signed Social Security Protectors Pledge

Q: Support full or partial privatization of Social Security?

Martin Heinrich (D): No. Signed Social Security Protectors Pledge.

Gary Johnson (L): Yes. Some or all of Social Security should be privatized.

Mick Rich (R): No position found.

Source: 2018 CampusElect.org Issue Guide on New Mexico Senate race Oct 9, 2018

Tom Udall: If you paid into system, you can rely on benefits

One in six New Mexico residents receive Social Security. Nearly 330,000 residents rely on Medicare. America made a promise to our seniors--if you work hard throughout your life, if you pay into the system, then you will be able to rely on Social Security benefits in retirement.

Tom believes that retirement security must be preserved. We need to protect Medicare for our seniors and Medicaid for the most vulnerable among us. Whether it's reimbursement rates through Medicare or closing the "doughnut hole" that made it harder for seniors to afford life-saving prescriptions, Tom always fights for New Mexico's seniors.

Seniors shouldn't be forced to choose between buying their groceries and buying their medication. They shouldn't have to worry about affording their mortgage payments and affording their health care. Our seniors have earned their benefits. Tom is committed to making sure those benefit programs remain intact.

Source: Vote-USA.org on 2020 New Mexico Senate race Oct 25, 2014

Allen Weh: Prioritize cuts to fast-growing entitlements

Weh, CEO of CSI Aviation Inc., an aviation logistics company he founded in 1977, also said he believes financial cuts are needed to bring U.S. government spending in line with its revenues. He touted the fiscal expertise he's gained after more than three decades in private business, an enterprise he built from the ground up after leaving full-time military service. "I've had a lot of real-life experience," he said.

Weh said those management values from business should be carried over to federal finances. For instance, cash reserves--instead of debt--should be built up, he said. "Why doesn't the government have a little safety net?" he said. "Why doesn't it set aside money and keep it, so that when we have natural disasters like Hurricane Katrina, we don't have to go borrow money from China?"

Weh said he would prioritize cuts, and they'd include "entitlements overall." Examples include the food stamp program and Social Security disability, which have grown at a fast pace in recent years

Source: Las Cruces Sun-News on 2014 New Mexico Senate race May 30, 2014

Susana Martinez: Resolved a $12 billion shortfall in state pension funds

We've doubled the size of our state savings account, and we did it all without raising taxes. Republicans and Democrats can be proud of our firm fiscal footing. It is a far cry from where we were just three years ago.

We completely overhauled a near-bankrupt unemployment insurance system. We reformed our state pension funds, resolving a $12 billion shortfall while ensuring that state workers, police officers, teachers, and others will have the retirement support they deserve. Education spending now exceeds pre-recession levels, with more accountability.

Not only have we not raised taxes on families and businesses, we have cut taxes 19 different times. Less than one year ago, in a display of tremendous bipartisanship, we passed the most significant tax reform in a generation and sent the loudest message yet that New Mexico is striving to be a business-friendly state.

Source: 2014 State of the State Address to New Mexico legislature Jan 21, 2014

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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)
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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)

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Sen.Mike Gravel (D-AK)
Sen.Kamala Harris (D-CA)
Gov.John Hickenlooper (D-CO)
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Mayor Wayne Messam (D-FL)
Rep.Seth Moulton (D-MA)
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