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Issue Position: Social Security

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Social Security Solvency - Today over 200,000 Hawaii seniors depend on monthly social security benefits as their primary income source. Republicans opposed the creation of Social Security, and today they are once again working to undermine this program that so many seniors rely on. Republicans want to take that retirement security and leave it to the whims of Wall Street. I believe that we can protect Social Security's solvency for future generations and we can do it without slashing benefits, privatizing the program, or making people work into their golden years.

Deficit Reduction and Social Security - Reducing the deficit is important, but we have to find ways to do it other than attacking social security. If we reduce benefits under social security, seniors will have less money, spend less money, and the economy will be the worse off for it. To reduce the deficit, we should instead focus on eliminating George Bush's tax breaks for the richest 2% of Americans. This alone would go a long way to reducing the deficit.


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