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AMAC On Capitol Hill

by Connor Martin –

AMAC, the conservative alternative to AARP, is proud to report that it has completed another round of engagement with lawmakers in Washington DC. Last week, AMAC President Dan Weber, and Director of Business Development, Andy Mangione, returned to the Nation’s capital for another round of meetings with specific committees to discuss Social Security in detail. Quickly following on the heels of the successes established the week before – whereupon AMAC met with multiple Congressional offices over the course of three days – the briefings conducted on this trip focused on the current state and future of Social Security. AMAC sat down with leading House and Senate Committee staff to discuss not only the fiscal solvency of Social Security and political challenges in tackling reform but to discuss the ideas that AMAC has to responsibly reform the program and incentivize greater savings in America. 

AMAC’s discussions with key staff were very positive and very thorough, with strong indications of further discussion in the weeks and months ahead. While many of the political challenges are often difficult to resolve, AMAC’s realistic, no-nonsense ideas about entitlement preservation and reform have been met with significant interest and enthusiasm amongst top lawmakers in the Beltway. Also while in DC, AMAC took the time to meet with business community leaders and business advocacy groups to strengthen our networks, discuss mutual interests, and to explore areas of greater alignment. As your organization continues to grow, you can fully expect an up-tempo in our work in Washington, particularly after the 113th Congress officially sits down to work on the Hill and our priority issues continue to gain increased attention. Stay tuned, as we see full schedules, wider engagement, and tighter relationships in Washington in the New Year! 

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D. Zimmerman
9 years ago

I read all of the comments posted on the subject of Social Security. I would like to make a couple of points. I believe that it would be a good idea to raise the age of a person qualifiying for any Social Security and also raising the age for full Social Security. If we don’t do something, we will eventually run out of money to fund Social Security. Also, it only seems fair that a person should have made contributions to Social Security if they are going to draw Social Security. I wish all of you a Very Merry Christmas as we celebrate the birthday of our Savior, Jesus Christ. God bless you all!

9 years ago

Is it possible to get a list of the members of Congress you met with and what their feedback was to your views? It would help us identify those members of Congress who need further feedback from their voters. Thanks

Richard Benton
9 years ago

Why does S.S. ( who needs to save money) still allows people at 62 draw SS. How much can be saved by doing away with 62 and making everyone go until 65?

Congress looks at everything but the age to start SS.

David Larson
9 years ago
Reply to  Richard Benton

The social security full benefit age is now 67, not 65. People who start receiving social security at 62 receive a reduced benefit. On average, people who start receiving the benefit at 62 receive no more total benefits than those who wait until their full benefit age.

I would index the full benefit age to the average life expectancy of people who are approaching retirement age. As average life expectancy increases, the full benefit age would increase. This would help keep social security solvent and would meet one of its goals of providing for people in their last years of their life.

It appears both Democrats and some Republicans are leaning towards turning social security into just another welfare program. We will see massive fraud appear in the program. And of course we will see a massive bureaucracy of union employees created to monitor the fraud.

Jim Petty
9 years ago

I’ve just joined AMAC because I am unhappy with AARP. I hope you will represent senior citizens better than AARP has, especially when it comes to Social Security and Obamacare. Words sound great, but it’s actions and results I’m interested in.

John Parker
9 years ago

What does “working on your social security” really mean? I’d like to see a list of specific objectives, a time line for meeting those objectives, and a list of who is taking the lead for each objective, who the targeted participants are, and what the expected realistic outcome will be for each. Success is in the details and so far I read about good intentions and meetings and conversations, but no insight to goals, progress, obstacles, and enabling objectives, etc. Sure would be nice to have a visual.

I applaud your efforts and sincerely appreciate your intentions. I am proud to be a member of AMAC.

9 years ago
Reply to  John Parker

I agree. The information John is requesting would be useful for all of us to have in order to monitor progress from members of Congress on each of the major points in any plan.

9 years ago

Number 1 Entitlement reform.
Stop paying Social Security to people who never paid a penny into the program because they were covered by a government pension. Former federal employees, teachers and many state employees who receive Social Security because they are now or once were married to someone who did pay in. Since they collect tax payer dollars for their pension and medical, why should they also double dip the system and collect Social Security as well.
The spousal benefit was intended to cover the stay at home spouse who cared for the children and home while providing upwards of 90% of the volunteer hours at the schools, hospitals, libraries and parks back when the communities, and children, were allowed to benefit from those services.

Bob Miller
9 years ago
Reply to  Peg

For Peg and others,
Former Government employees that collect Social Security and a federal pension paid into both systems just like others that have a pension from a company that provided a pension and also paid into Social Security Service and were eligible for retirement after 1986 would not get full social security benefits even though non-government workers were not affected. I paid into Social Security for six years and got no benefits and I can live with that, because the government needs to cut spending now or our kids and grandkids will have to pay for the mistakes we are making today.

9 years ago

The Social Security System is definitely an area where reform is needed for the Senior Citizens. People are not aware of just how unfair this system is until it happens to them individually and then it’s just one person against the big machine. SS is nothing but a big Ponzy scheme. In my personal situation my wife is currently drawing about $600 a month and I am drawing a Federal Retirement. We have been told by the SS Administration that should she pass away before me I can continue to draw her SS but should I pass away before her she will lose her SS when she starts drawing my Federal Retirement. I’m still waiting for some one to explain the fairness in this reasoning.

Another example is when people who have NEVER paid into SS reach 65 and they can start drawing $600 a month for every child they have who is under 18 years of age (who also have never paid anything into the system). Bertie Mattoff went to prison for running a Ponzy scheme yet we continue to pay elected politicians who have come up with this scheme.

Another is their Surviving Spouse “Benefits”. A mere one time $255. That a whole story in itself.

Gerry Kirkland
9 years ago

Your healthcare alternatives are a joke. We have tried to repeatedly contact your people to see if we should change from United Healthcare. The lack of communication and professionalism is worse that Unitrd Healthcare.

When you suggest poor service providers, it is a reflection on your organization. In this case, you look as dumb as your provider. Can we really believe anything else you put forward. Is it necessary to say you are working on Social Security? What are your results? Results will tell the story, not conversation. It appears you are following the same path as AARP.

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