Mason Graduate Speaks at Republican Convention

Posted: August 9, 2000 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

Amy Knutsen, a May 2000 graduate of George Mason, spoke Thursday night at the Republican Convention about the impact on younger generations of presidential candidate George W. Bush’s Social Security plan. Knutsen’s grandmother, Sally Brenner, spoke via satellite earlier in the evening regarding the same topic.

“My grandmother and I support Governor Bush for many reasons, but his plan to keep Social Security strong is one of the best,” says Knutsen. “It is smart and keeps pace with the best financial ideas of the 21st century. It is fair to everyone and it has no generation gap.”

Knutsen graduated with a bachelor’s degree in government and international politics, and was the co-captain of the women’s rowing team last year.

“Social Security is strong now, but in the future, as the baby boom generation enters retirement, the system begins to fall out of balance-[with] more money flowing out to more recipients than [is] coming in from payroll taxes,” Knutsen said on Thursday. “Today, the polls say that more young people believe in UFOs … than believe they’ll ever get a Social Security check.”

For a complete transcript of Knutsen’s speech, visit ABC’s website.

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