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Clearing up Steve Knight’s stand on Social Security

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Posted: September 16, 2016 5:26 p.m.
Updated: September 16, 2016 5:26 p.m.
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My wife was recently registered as an “Independent” voter and she has received an avalanche of campaign brochures from the Bryan Caforio campaign for the 25th Congressional District.

In the last 10 days she has received six campaign brochures, and the overriding message was that Congressman Steve Knight, R-Palmdale, has some extreme agenda that will hurt seniors.

The campaign brochures claim that Steve wants to take Social Security from seniors. Some would call these claims “hit pieces.”

I am still working but I am receiving Social Security, so these claims definitely got my attention.

I decided to do my homework, first checking both candidates’ websites to see if I could dig a little deeper.

First, I see that Bryan Caforio has been a trial lawyer on the Westside of Los Angeles the last seven years. He has no experience with any of the issues in our district and just moved here late last year, two weeks before announcing his candidacy.

His endorsements are mainly from outside our 25th Congressional District and include union bosses.

There is one paragraph about defending Medicare and Social Security, but he has no new ideas for this enormously complex issue that has no easy solutions. I would have thought he really had solutions that he was going to bring to Washington, D.C. There were none.

Steve Knight’s website is dynamic and educational. First thing I saw was his extensive experience right here in our district. He served in the military, as a police officer, in the California Assembly and Senate and then was elected to serve as our congressman.

He has a list of his top 25 first-term accomplishments. It’s hard not to be impressed with them.

On the home page of Steve Knight’s campaign website is a policy button. Clicking on provides a whole section on Social Security.

I hope everyone will take a few minutes and see the detailed approach he takes to this extremely important topic. The last thing Steve wants to do is take away our Social Security.

AARP, a nonprofit with 37 million members all over the age of 50, announced its “Take a Stand” initiative last November.

It says: “Social Security is an increasingly vital source of income for seniors and people with disabilities, but the program faces a funding gap that will prevent it from paying out all of its scheduled benefits in 2034 unless adjustments are made.”

So Steve is essentially in full agreement with AARP and he has plans as reported on his website. Bryan shows no understanding of the issues.

His accusing Steve of wanting to take Social Security from seniors is just political rhetoric.

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