In a presentation to the Sullivan County Republican Committee, congressional candidate Marilinda Garcia cited debunked Social Security myths to make a case for cutting entitlement programs.
"I don’t think of Social Security as something that’s going to be there for me," she explained. "I actually assume it won’t be. … That is quite sad. So I have no trouble looking at everything. Everything should be on the table."
Garcia suggested the programs should be completely eliminated. “We should be able to rely on a government that’s providing what should be its basic responsibilities,” she said. “That’s fulfilling the rule of law, providing for basic infrastructure and keeping us safe and protecting private property rights. These are what the government should be doing and it’s gone far, far astray.”
The four-term state representative from Salem, who is challenging Congresswoman Ann Kuster in the state’s second congressional district, based her argument on discredited urban legend.
"Take Social Security," she said. "It was first supposed to be voluntary. Well, that didn’t last long. Then it was supposed to be safe from being raided. Then it was moved to the general fund. Then it’s raided constantly."
The Internet myths Garcia repeated are so pervasive, the Social Security Administration has prepared fact sheets debunking them:
Persons working in employment covered by Social Security are subject to the FICA payroll tax. Like all taxes, this has never been voluntary. From the first days of the program to the present, anyone working on a job covered by Social Security has been obligated to pay their payroll taxes.
There has never been any change in the way the Social Security program is financed or the way that Social Security payroll taxes are used by the federal government. The Social Security Trust Fund was created in 1939 as part of the Amendments enacted in that year. From its inception, the Trust Fund has always worked the same way. The Social Security Trust Fund has never been “put into the general fund of the government.”
Clip from video recorded in Newport, New Hampshire on February 20, 2014 by NH02RawFootage.