Social Security and Medicare Dog Local Race

By: Lauren Zakalik Email
By: Lauren Zakalik Email

"That Mark Schauer is full of baloney!" is how the latest Tim Walberg ad begins. "You wouldn't do that to your mom."

In the ad, Republican challenger Walberg features his 94-year-old mother to make his case for Social Security.

"I've always supported Social Security and have worked to make it secure," he says in the ad.

But a competing advertisement, put out by incumbent Congressman Mark Schauer, says otherwise. In it, they run a clip of Walberg apparently saying, "I definitely support the privatization of so-called social security."

"Tim Walberg's own words are very clear. He says it himself," Schauer says to wilx.com Monday. We met with him in Jackson to talk about what's becoming the central issue in the 7th Congressional district race.

"I'll be very clear. I'll do everything to protect social security and Medicare. I will oppose any cuts to Social Security and Medicare," Schauer says.

Schauer says Walberg wants people to pay into a Wall Street account to fund their Social Security, and wants to create a voucher program for Medicare.

In a written response, Walberg tells us: "Mark Schauer is misleading voters. Nothing would change for people age 55 and above, while younger workers would have the option to invest in their own account, which would be in their own name."

Either way, AARP says this race is shining a light on just how important these programs are.

"Before Social Security, 50 percent of our nation's seniors were living at or below poverty. With Social Security, that's dropped to 10 percent," says Michigan's AARP President Eric Scheidewind.

Older voters are paying close attention to the future of these programs.

"I don't know what I'd do without them," says Jerry Stassines of Napoleon Township.

"We depend on that when we reach a certain age," says 76-year-old James Mallory of Blackman Township.


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  • by Anonymous on Sep 29, 2010 at 04:55 AM
    This is a very serious issue, as supplimental insurance due to Obama care is going through the roof, Plans are being canceled, and what is replacing them is more expensive and a lot less for the money. We need Medicare and Social Security, wish the Feds would rob rich people instead of retired people.
  • by dana Location: charlotte on Sep 28, 2010 at 06:01 AM
    Mr. Walberg is supporting the pending bill (after the elections) that Rep. Paul Young of Minnesota is going to present to the US House. Currently, he has no support of that bill, but he might depending on the election results. That bill is basically a voucher with investments in Wall Street....but with a safety net of not losing the base pay.
  • by Anonymous on Sep 28, 2010 at 05:48 AM
    Both of these programs should be phased out. Socialist programs destroys any nation. Look at Cuba, france, China. They are all second thoughts about the free market. East Germany, soviet union and the rest of the soviet bloc crumbled within few decades. Communal colonies and cults cease to exist within a decade. Do we want to start thinking we should enforce more socialist programs.
  • by Anonymous on Sep 28, 2010 at 05:18 AM
    This is sad, there are many people in Michigan that want to hear when jobs are coming to Michigan! They don't want to hear (hang in there). Nothing will change with these guy's, I've lost hope for Michigan.
  • by Anonymous on Sep 28, 2010 at 04:55 AM
    I am over 65 and will start drawing social security next year. Due to the economy my income has lowered and my SS has taken a hit, I will get almost $200.00 less than I had counted on. I will have to keep working. I have worked for almost 45 years. If the Fed gov. would stop using the money to support everything else, there would be plenty of SS money there. Also Medicare did take a hit. Anyone who had to apply for it this year is paying $13.50 a month more than those who applied prior to this year. Didn't seem fair to me. But you have no choice you have to sign up for it by law.
  • by Anonymous on Sep 27, 2010 at 04:54 PM
    One time they say one thing later another.So many lies they can't remember what they said before?Sounds like as usual we can't believe any of them.Mich is already lost so much,even jobs due to the way this state is ran.It's who you are and who wishes to kiss who's____.Money talks an BS walks.Social security folks should be important to this state,they spend money to.Just like the poor man does the rich mans work.Seems like someone would get that.
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