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.”