Today marks the 77th birthday of the Social Security Program – a program that 190,000 aging Montanans rely on, and a program that Congressman Rick Hill called “flawed” and has advocated privatizing.
According to AARP Montana, “the average Social Security benefit paid to a retiree is $1200 per month. That modest benefit keeps thousands of older Montanans out of poverty and allows tens of thousands more to live their retirement years independently and with peace of mind.” [aarp.org, 6/11]
But at a campaign stop in Red Lodge in July 1996, Hill advocated privatizing the program – even going so far as to say, “If somebody tried to sell the Social Security program, they would be put in jail.” [Stillwater County News, July 31, 1996.]
Hill’s plan to privatize the program would certainly have jeopardized Social Security’s future – forcing families to face reduced benefits and uncertainty in the social assistance they receive under the current system. [Washington Post, April 19, 1998.]
According to non-partisan groups, it’s not Social Security that’s “flawed,” it’s Congressman Hill’s voting record in Washington, D.C. The National Council of Senior Citizens gave Congressman Hill a 20% rating. He received a 33% rating from the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare. [Votesmart.org]
“Not only can Americans across the country celebrate the anniversary of the creation of Social Security today, but the people of Montana can celebrate the reality that Congressman Hill didn’t get his way,” Montana Democratic Party Executive Director said. “Whether it is his votes to cut $270 billion from Medicare, forcing reduction in overtime pay, or his repeated votes against an increase in the minimum wage, Congressman Hill has proven that he’s not on our side.”