State Democrats Talk About Social Security

By: Jon Kalahar Email
By: Jon Kalahar Email

Keeping Social Security stable will be a big chore for whoever is elected the next president. But Mississippi Democrats say John McCain's plan is to privatize it. They claim it would drop thousands of Mississippi senior citizens below the poverty level. Is that an election year trick or the truth?

It has been almost 15 years since a stroke left Suzette Matheny partially paralyzed. The retired teacher settled at a Jackson retirement center after Hurricane Katrina. Matheny now draws a thousand dollars a month in Social Security.

"This is my sole source of income. If it's taken away from me, in my physical condition and at my age, I could not be able to support myself," said Matheny.

Mississippi Democrats claim that's what could happen if John McCain is elected instead of Barack Obama.

"Buying groceries, paying bills and filling up their gas tanks would become an unbearable struggle if McCain has his way with Social Security," said Barbara Blackmon of the Mississippi Democratic Party.

McCain did stand with President Bush when the president offered a privatization plan. That plan would have created personal accounts for workers to put a portion of their payroll tax in stocks of their choosing. But it lost steam after a Wall Street down turn.

But Mississippi Republican chairman-elect, Brad White, says McCain has offered no such plan as he runs for the White House.

"To hear the Democrats talk, you would think John McCain is saying 'when I become president I'm issuing an edict and all the people on Social Security all of a sudden are going to quit getting their checks'," said White.

Both sides accuse the other party of scare tactics.

"Sen. McCain has fallen in line behind President George W. Bush and other Republicans who seem intent on trying to scare and frighten people," said Blackmon.

"They've gone from the party whose leader used to say all we have to fear is fear itself, to a party of all we have to offer is fear," said White.


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  • by ed Location: Meridian on Aug 8, 2008 at 07:55 PM
    well tell you as far as Social Security monthly pay goes..that teacher is not the normal most even ones retired ave pay a month is 600-800... that is what you live on.. and if you work you cant make much more as you get a nasty cut in your check... but the gov has run it this far and still hasnt gotten it right maybe turning it over isnt a bad idea... hell lest they have to be accountable where the money went unlike Social Security has been held... fact the gov says you can rent a house 40-90 a month to them new caddy is 2 grand still... gas is $.34 life is great you have 600 you should be on easy street... The system as it is is screwed up... you make 799.99 you cant get medical... you are on medical you cant get what you need but they will make you a legal drug addict...
  • by Anonymous on Aug 7, 2008 at 09:59 PM
    The Democrats have always been the party of fear. That's how they control people. Democrats want to be the magnanimous benefactor who takes care of everything for you. But they're just drunk on their own power....and whatever they do is with your money anyway! What's to be grateful for? They're taking YOUR money all your working life and giving you a little pittance back. The privatization that was proposed would have been voluntary and only a portion would have been allowed for private investment. I'd much rather be the master of my own money, rather than let a Democrat or a Republican determine my fate when I'm old!
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