Latest True Fact-checks in Retirement Newt Gingrich stated on December 2, 2016 in a radio interview.: "We adopted the modern Social Security system at a time when the average person died before they were old enough to get Social Security." Jorge Elorza stated on September 30, 2014 in a Providence Journal-WPRI debate: "We have a retiree that is collecting a $17,000 paycheck a month . . . tax free." Paul Ryan stated on December 19, 2013 in an interview: Members of the military don’t "contribute toward their pension." Steve Israel stated on November 6, 2013 in an interview on MSNBC: "Things went wrong with the Medicare prescription D plan that George Bush rolled out." Stephanie Cutter stated on August 12, 2012 in an interview on "Face the Nation": Says Paul Ryan's budget relies on the same $700 billion in savings from Medicare that Mitt Romney and other Republicans have been attacking Democrats about. E.W. Jackson stated on May 11, 2012 in a debate.: "In Galveston, Texas, they have allowed people to privatize part of their Social Security. And people are building wealth." Brendan Doherty stated on May 15, 2012 in a campaign website: "Over the past five years the federal government has paid out $601 million in retirement and disability benefits to deceased former federal employees." Frank Wolf stated on February 17, 2012 in a news release: "In 1950, the average American lived for 68 years and 16 workers supported one retiree. Today, the average life expectancy is 78 and three workers support one retiree." Kernan "Kerry" King stated on August 21, 2010 in an interview on WPRI-TV's "Newsmakers: In Rhode Island "there are 150 different pension plans for public workers."