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senate Bill S. 731

Extending and Expanding Social Security by Raising Taxes

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Extending Social Security’s solvency by increasing taxes on the wealthy is the fairest way to ensure that our country’s seniors can continue to rely on this program well into the future.

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01/28/2016
"Social Security is the most successful government program in our nation’s history. Before it was signed into law, nearly half of senior citizens lived in poverty. Today, the elderly poverty rate is 10 percent. Although still much too high, that’s a dramatic improvement." [berniesanders.com]
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01/28/2016
"We cannot ask seniors with modest savings to live on even less. Instead, we should expand Social Security so they can retire with the dignity they have earned over the course of their working lives." [martinomalley.com]
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Leo's Opinion
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01/17/2016
Taking the income cap off social security taxes is long overdue.
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There are better ways to reform Social Security to keep it solvent that don’t raise taxes, while also taking into account increased life expectancies.

William's Opinion
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08/10/2015
Social Security is a pyramid scheme. It will never be solvent. It's time to phase it out and let individuals be responsible for their own retirement.
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BTSundra's Opinion
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01/16/2016
The last thing we need is more taxes, and we don't need larger social programs. We should get rid of Social Security altogether and let people care for themselves. The government can't be trusted with our money, especially the money of elderly people in need.
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01/17/2016
Not no, but NO NO NO!!! The ACA took $800 million from Medicare and they have lowered reimbursements to the point that doctors are no longer accepting Medicare. Plus all the managed care Medicare plans are taking away from Medicare. Repeal ACA and put that money back where it belongs.... In the "lock box" that our elected officials said they would never touch. Medicare should be eliminated. We should not be paying into a program that the govt has proven time and again that they can't be trusted to run.
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    "Social Security is the most successful government program in our nation’s history. Before it was signed into law, nearly half of senior citizens lived in poverty. Today, the elderly poverty rate is 10 percent. Although still much too high, that’s a dramatic improvement." [berniesanders.com]
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    Social Security is a pyramid scheme. It will never be solvent. It's time to phase it out and let individuals be responsible for their own retirement.
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    "We cannot ask seniors with modest savings to live on even less. Instead, we should expand Social Security so they can retire with the dignity they have earned over the course of their working lives." [martinomalley.com]
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    Taking the income cap off social security taxes is long overdue.
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    The last thing we need is more taxes, and we don't need larger social programs. We should get rid of Social Security altogether and let people care for themselves. The government can't be trusted with our money, especially the money of elderly people in need.
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    I'm for increasing taxes for social security because I would rather pay a little extra in taxes rather than seeing Republicans cut essential programs in order to cover the costs of social security.
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    Taxes are the price we pay for civilization.
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    Social Security is a successful program funded by the people. We pay into this our entire working lives. Social Security should be EXPANDED.
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    Since it was the USGov who borrowed OUR Social Security money- our savings, for our future, should it then be the USGov to pick up the difference?
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    I've lived in Paris, Denmark, and Iceland. They all have slightly higher taxes in order to offer a better quality of life to all their citizens. America needs to stop passing laws that favor the rich and instead pass laws that favor the masses.
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    Not no, but NO NO NO!!! The ACA took $800 million from Medicare and they have lowered reimbursements to the point that doctors are no longer accepting Medicare. Plus all the managed care Medicare plans are taking away from Medicare. Repeal ACA and put that money back where it belongs.... In the "lock box" that our elected officials said they would never touch. Medicare should be eliminated. We should not be paying into a program that the govt has proven time and again that they can't be trusted to run.
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    The income-cap on social security is absurd and unfair. Social Security isn't sustainable only because those who hold the largely-vast majority of wealth in this country pay just as much as someone who makes $250,000/yr (which is still a pretty sack of take-home change)
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    First off keep the big spenders in Washington out of it to fund their pet projects and replace the money they have borrowed ( i.e.) stole out of it then figure out how to repair it so it works
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    Medicare is one of the best operated system in all of the USA! Please e firefight to keep it!!!.
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    Don't raise taxes. Remove the income cap. Income is taxable for middle class and removing the cap will insure solvency.
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    B. Sanders represents a movement towards evolution. We can not stand to believe this democracy is the ultimate government. There will always be room for improvement, especially when there are serious corruption accusations. We must continue improving our government, and our nation as a whole. I believe Bernie is the main contender in driving our country into the future.
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    No more raising taxes!!! We already paid into our own social security accounts. We should not have to pay more to get our own money back just because the federal govt mismanaged that fund!
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    I just think it's time we adopt further democratic socialist policies, and use the wealth afforded to us by capitalism to even the playing field for us all.
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    Slowly phase it out over the next 50 years by allowing people to manage half the value of their contributions, then choose if they want to receive that accrued value at age 70 in lieu of social security benefits.
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    Sure, I like the idea that when my income is high enough that I'll stop making social security payments for part of the year. But right now I think that cutoff is far too low and that raising the limit (rather than the percentage withheld) will go a long way to keeping social security solvent. Is that limit the same as when social security was created? If so, then it needs a serious inflation adjustment.
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