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Sun Aug 12, 2012, 11:56 AM

 

Can we try to avoid strawmanning? [View all]

I've seen a lot recently, in just about every forum I participate in, about Romney's and Ryan's plans to 'privatize' Social Security, but it always upsets me when somebody, regardless of political ideology, misrepresents the position of someone else.

Romney's official stance on SS is to gradually increase the retirement age, and to gradually decrease the benefits for the wealthy(make SS more progressive). He also holds the opinion that an option for a personal account, on top of regular SS contributions, would be beneficial.

Ryan's plan for SS allows the option to continue with the status quo. Nobody would be forced to participate in personal accounts. The personal accounts would have the same options as the Thrift Savings Plan, and funds would be managed by the SSA, and guaranteed to match the traditional gains.

We don't have to agree with them, but we shouldn't pretend that they are advocating something that they aren't actually advocating.

Edit: I didn't include sources, I apologize.

http://www.mittromney.com/issues/social-security
http://www.factcheck.org/2011/09/social-security-silliness/
http://roadmap.republicans.budget.house.gov/plan/#retirementsecurity

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