Issue Position: Social Security
The Social Security System is vital to our nation's seniors, and we must make certain that promises we made to seniors are promises kept. It is therefore imperative that that the system that has served the retirement and health needs of Americans so well for so many generations will be there for the next generation.
In a survey, more young people expressed their belief in UFOs than believed that the Social Security system will be there for them upon retirement. We must prove them wrong. But it will require that lawmakers come together and work in a bipartisan manner - something that I've done throughout my career.
I believe that Social Security faces significant and imminent dangers. Years ago, there were 42 workers paying into Social Security for every retiree receiving benefits. Today, there are 3.4 workers for every beneficiary--and as the 77 million baby boom generation retires, that ratio will continue to shrink.
I opposed the President's Social Security plan. But I also know that it is reckless and irresponsible to ignore the issue - we cannot possibly begin to address the problems the system faces if we refuse to acknowledge that there is a problem. And every day we delay action on protecting Social Security, the more difficult finding a solution becomes.
Most of all, it will take political courage and bipartisanship to ensure that the system that has served Americans so well for many generations will be there for the next generation.