Protecting Social Security for the People

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By Arizona Democratic Congressional District Eight Candidate Bob Musselwhite

My name is Bob Musselwhite and I am running for Congress as a resident of Congressional District 8. I would like to thank Blog for Arizona for inviting me to make a few comments. After talking to thousands of people who hold a number of political views in this district over the past two years several issues come up.

  1. A Congress that functions for the average American and not for special interests.
  2. The protection of Social Security in its present form
  3. Affordable Quality Health Care for all Americans
  4. Federal Fiscal Responsibility
  5. Preservation of the mission at Luke Air Force Base
  6. A secure supply of water for the valley

First I will discuss Social Security (F.I.C.A.)

For the past nearly three decades that I have been observing our Congressional representation, I have noticed that we elect and re-elect people who champion schemes to change the Federal Insurance Contribution Act, popularly known as Social Security. This is one of the best examples I know of in which our CD-8 representation has championed change to something that is clearly not broken. Much information has been put out that is incorrect. My last figures on this are that there is 2.85 trillion dollars in the Social Security Trust Fund and that not one dime has been spent on anything other than the original purposes of the law. In fact, my figures are that in 2017, 85 billion dollars was earned on the interest that the fund has loaned to the U. S. Government.

Of course, there are routine adjustments that should be made to reflect the reality of life now and not life in the 1930s. One example is life expectancy which is far longer now than when the program was put into effect.

It is clear to me that when politicians champion ideas such as the privatization of Social Security that they are answering to a different constituency than we the people who live in Congressional District 8.

Thank you very much for taking the time to read my opinion on this subject.

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David Gordon
Living in Arizona since his family moved to Tempe from New York in 1982, David Gordon has three degrees from Arizona State University and the University of Phoenix in History, Political Science, and Secondary School Administration. A highly qualified Social Studies instructor and Certified School Principal, Mr. Gordon owned his own charter school, Grand Canyon College Preparatory Academy from 1997-2016. The school served students in grades 6-12 in the East Valley of Maricopa County. Many of the graduates of GCP earned college credit for free while still attending high school, some completing the first year of college before graduating. Among the speakers at the school's graduations were noted figures in Arizona Politics like Harry Mitchell, David Schweikert, Juan Mendes, Andrew Sherwood, and John Huppenthal. Mr. Gordon also participated in the revisions of the Arizona History and Social Studies standards. In January 2017, Mr. Gordon started the political blog Twenty-First Century Progressive Bull Moose. It has a global following and routinely comments on the political events of the day. Mr. Gordon also helps administer the Facebook page Living Blue in Arizona. He is also currently writing a series of Young Adult science fiction novels which incorporate the themes of time travel and its impact on history. Mr. Gordon is very happy to be asked to join the Blog for Arizona team and hopes to spread the progressive word to make Arizona a better place for everyone.