If you are younger than 35, you should expect to retire much later in life.
That was U.S. representative candidate Matt Gaetz’s stance on Social Security during the 2016 Candidate Forum Tuesday, Aug. 9, at the Tiger Point Community Center.
“We have observed the greatest generational theft that mankind has ever known through Social Security and the $19 trillion national debt,” he said. “We cannot hurt the people who are currently drawing on Social Security and who are relying on it, but we have to face the reality that we have to raise the retirement age, and we have to change the eligibility for people like me and James.”
Gaetz was referencing to his opponent James Zumwalt who is also 34 years old.
Candidate Brian Frazier took it a step further saying Social Security should be shut down completely.
“Anybody please show me where in the Constitution it says that government should be involved in retirement planning. It’s not there,” he said. “We need to get the government out of the retirement business. It doesn’t matter if you like Social Security or not, it’s unconstitutional.”
He agreed with candidates Greg Evers, James Zumwalt and Mark Wichern that those who have already paid in should receive their benefits as is.
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