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Missed the point

October 4, 2010
The Mining Journal

To the Journal Editor:

Jennifer Kuznicki's recent letter to the editor misses the entire point of the debate over Social Security and ignores some rather obvious facts.

Dan Benishek has stated repeatedly that he wants to go to Congress to phase out Social Security and Medicare, eventually turning both into private systems. Once questions were raised about his comments, Benishek quickly released a statement contradicting his original remarks.

Ms. Kuznicki might not like the way Benishek's comments are being portrayed, but the comments are from his own mouth. Northern Michigan voters are smart enough to see where Benishek really stands on the issue. His plan would put the retirement security of our seniors and future generations in the hands of Wall Street.

Dan Benishek now claims he would protect Social Security for those who are currently receiving benefits while simultaneously allowing younger workers to opt out of the program but Benishek can't have it both ways. It's the money younger workers pay into the system that provides the benefits today's seniors receive.

Millionaire surgeons like Dan Benishek might not need Social Security or even care if it stays intact, but for most Americans it provides peace of mind that no matter what happens with the rest of our retirement investments we will always be able to rely on Social Security.

In the race for Congress it's clear only Gary McDowell will fight to protect the Social Security program for today's seniors and future generations. Gary McDowell has stated constantly and consistently that Social Security is a sacred trust that must be protected, and he will have my vote on Nov. 2.

Jack and Suzanne Bowers




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