McCain’s pledge

The Washington Times Weekly - - National -

Repub­li­can pres­i­den­tial can­di­date John McCain said Aug. 14 that Congress’ fail­ure to act on So­cial Se­cu­rity shows there is more con­cern about par­ti­san pol­i­tics than the good of the na­tion.

“It’s dis­grace­ful and out­ra­geous that Repub­li­cans and Democrats have not sat down to­gether and worked out this So­cial Se­cu­rity prob­lem,” the Ari­zona sen­a­tor told about 100 peo­ple at­tend­ing a fo­rum in Port Royal, S.C., spon­sored by the AARP.

The speech was de­liv­ered on the 72nd an­niver­sary of the sign­ing of the So­cial Se­cu­rity Act by Pres­i­dent Franklin D. Roo­sevelt, the As­so­ci­ated Press re­ports.

“A half a cen­tury ago, there were 16 Amer­i­can work­ers who sup­ported ev­ery re­tiree; to­day, it is three and soon it will be two,” he said. “Around 2020 you will have more money go­ing out than you have com­ing in. That’s go­ing to be a cru­cial time. Should we wait un­til 2020?”

Mr. McCain said as pres­i­dent he would deal with the mat­ter. “I want to do the hard things,” he said. “If Congress doesn’t want to do it, let me do it. Let me do it. I’ll fix it for them.”

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