Last night Scott Eckersley used DC-style double speak to make a false claim about Billy Long.
Fact: Billy Long has never filled out a survey from Conservative Congress. In fact, there is no survey to fill out.
Fact: Billy Long does not support dismantling Social Security and has never said he does. He supports reforming Social Security so it will be there for generations to come.
Back in July, Scott Eckersley told the Joplin Globe all reform options were on the table, including raising the retirement age and increasing taxes. Now, Eckersley has issued an entirely fabricated attack twisting Billy Long’s call for reform to fit the Eckersley agenda. It appears that everyone except Scott Eckersley knows that Social Security must be reformed. He just wants to use it as a wedge issue, scaring voters by making false allegations that reform will mean doing away with retirement benefits altogether. Billy wants to have a dialogue on reform, not substitute fear-mongering for substantive debate on important issues.
Social Security has become one of the biggest expenses in the federal budget. As more people reach retirement age, the smaller pool of workers paying into the system is becoming unable to support the expense of benefits for a large pool of retired workers. According to David C. Johns of The Heritage Foundation, the Social Security system is already running a deficit due to a weak economy and is set to run a permanent deficit starting in 2016, though it is highly likely it will keep running deficits from now on. The Social Security trust fund cannot bail the program out, as liberals in Congress have repeatedly raided it for pork projects and filled the program’s coffers with nothing but IOUs. This has put the Social Security system in danger of going broke within a relatively short period of time, making Social Security reform an urgent issue.
The truth is Billy believes we need to honor our commitment to our seniors. Billy is not going to try to ‘dismantle’ Social Security. We won’t change benefits or increase retirement age for those who are already retired or close to retirement. What he will do is work for reforms that will ensure Social Security will still be around for future generations.
Thursday, October 07, 2010
Long: Eckersley's lying; I do not support dismantling Social Security
In the aftermath of last night's Seventh District Congressional debate in Joplin, the Billy Long campaign fired back today against charges leveled by Democrat Scott Eckersley. From the news release: