Steve Pearce on Social Security
Republican Representative (NM-2)
Pearce said the big problem with Social Security is that Congress has robbed funds from the program and needs to refund them so the program can remain solvent.
But when Udall charged Pearce had continuously voted for privatization, Pearce challenged him. “Tell me one piece of legislation,” Pearce said, later adding, “You’re making stuff up. Tell me one vote, one bill.” Udall said Pearce was a supporter of Pres. Bush’s plan to privatize social security, which ultimately failed.
Pearce said Social Security has a rate of return of about 1% and supports giving retirees the option of having targeted funds like members of Congress have. “We must improve the rates of return, otherwise Social Security will never work,” he said.
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The CC survey summarizes candidate stances on the following topic: "Allowing individuals to invest a portion of their Social Security tax in private retirement accounts"
Scoring system for 2014: Ranges from 0% (supports privatization and other market-based reforms) to 100% (supports keeping federal control over Trust Fund and Social Security system).
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