October 08, 2012
Letter to the Editor
Social Security is one of the most successful programs ever enacted, but George Allen and Paul Ryan are trying to convince us that privatization schemes are the way to go. Through his praise of the Ryan budget and his votes to shift Social Security dollars to private accounts, Allen shows why he cannot be trusted with our retirement security.
Candidate Allen in 2000 promised to put Social Security in a lockbox to "keep politicians' hands off of it." But once in office, that promise went by the wayside and he voted multiple times to raid the Social Security trust fund to finance government spending and tax cuts.
Tim Kaine won't gamble with the retirement savings of hard-working Americans or break the promise we've made to future generations. He will focus on finding solutions, including altering the payroll tax cap to preserve Social Security's long-term integrity.
For Social Security to last another 75 years, we need leaders willing to come together to make adjustments necessary to strengthen the plan, not gamble with it on Wall Street schemes that Allen and Ryan favor. As our senator, Kaine would dedicate himself to preserving Social Security for our children and grandchildren.