Oct 18, 2010

Steele runs from his previous position that he wants to privatize Social Security and Medicare

Extremist Republicans are making a dash back to the middle before Nov. 2 because they know they will never be elected by the small fringe groups that attend tea parties, and Teabagger Republican candidate Rob Steele is one of those dashing back so fast he forget what he wrote on those positions for the primary election.

Steele is running against the Dean of the U.S. House, U.S. Rep. John Dingell, D-Dearborn, and Steele is furiously running to the middle and disavowed his previous stated position that he wants to privatize Social Security and Medicare.

Steele wrote in a campaign questionnaire for Ann Arbor.com that he wants to privatize those two excellent programs, saying “The most important long-term issue is social security and Medicare. They must be restructured for those under 35. Let them have their own accounts.”

That almost exactly what former President George Bush tried in 2005 after he was re-elected, and the people spoke loud and clear then that they did not want a highly successful program that is the major source of income for most of the elderly turned over to Wall Street. If that rejection wasn’t enough for extremists like Steele, the financial meltdown should have done away with this issue, but its back. Nine out of 10 individuals age 65 and older receive Social Security benefits, and for many it’s their sole source of income. Still, extremists like Steele and teabggers want to gamble with it.

They have been hard at work trying to undermine a well-run, fiscally responsible program, and they have been at it for the past 75 years.

Steele has a history of lying, even when caught, and this latest lie is no exception. When called out ion his radical position, here is the latest lie he launched on his Facebook page where he allows no one to contradict him:

“John Dingell is trying to define my policy positions in repetitive ads that are simply not true,” Steele said. “Team Dingell is littering this FB page with these false statements, declaring that to be their reason for not supporting me.”

Just for those with out a scorecard, that’s two Steele lies; a doubleplay. First, Steele is busted advocating for privatizing Social Security, and then he claims “Team Dingell is littering this FB page with these false statements.” That’s impossible because he bans anyone who disagrees with him.

There is a good reason why Dingell received the endorsement of the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare, and there is a good reason Steele did not.

Paul N. Van de Water - a Senior Fellow at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities where he specializes in Medicare, Social Security, and health coverage issues – sets the record straight on Social Security.

“The Social Security trustees — the official body charged with evaluating the program’s long-term finances — project that Social Security can pay 100 percent of promised benefits through 2037 and about three-quarters of scheduled benefits after that, even if Congress makes no changes in the program. Relatively modest changes would put the program on a sound financial footing for 75 years and beyond.
Nonetheless, some critics are attempting to undermine confidence in Social Security with wild and blatantly false accusations. They allege that the trust funds have been “raided” or disparage the trust funds as “funny money” or mere “IOUs.” Some even label Social Security a “Ponzi scheme” after the notorious 1920s swindler Charles Ponzi. All of these claims are nonsense.”

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