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Seniors to McMahon: 'We're Not Greedy Geezers'

Senior citizens gathered outside of Linda McMahon's campaign headquarters in North Haven Monday to protest comments the Republican U.S. Senate candidate made suggesting a 'sunset provision' be added to Social Security.

About 20 protesters, most of them senior citizens, gathered outside of Linda McMahon's campaign headquarters in North Haven on Monday to demonstrate against what they say is the Republican U.S. Senate candidate's desire to "sunset" Social Security and Medicare.

The protesters said they were reacting to comments McMahon made at a Tea Party forum in Waterford earlier this year. During the talk, the Greenwich resident -- responding to a question about what could be done to strengthen the two entitlement programs -- proposed adding a "sunset provision" to the Social Security Act.

A video and transcript of McMahon's comments at the April forum can be found on the Huffington Post.

Mary Moninger-Elia, a West Haven resident who helped to organize Monday's demonstration, said McMahon's remarks earlier this year are not just worrying to her, but also to many other of her fellow senior citizens.

"Hopefully people will understand that Linda McMahon stands for getting rid of Social Security," Moninger-Elia said. "Because that's what sunset means."

She added that seniors are not just concerned about their own immediate futures, but also that the Social Security safety net will be there for their own children and grandchildren.

"We're not greedy geezers," Moninger-Elia said. "We want to see Social Security continue."

McMahon and most of her North Haven-based campaign staff were at a rally in Danbury with U.S. Senator John McCain during Monday's protest. But during a follow up phone call, McMahon's campaign spokesman Todd Arbajano said that his candidate does not support cutting either program.

"Linda does not and will not support any budget that will cut funding for Social Security and Medicare for seniors," Arbajano said. "And she will not support any move to privatize those programs either."

Arbajano added that the campaign of McMahon's Democratic challenger, Chris Murphy, is attempting to mislead voters by distorting McMahon's positions on Medicare and Social Security.

"I find it disturbing that Chris Murphy is misrepresenting Linda's positions on these programs," he said.

Mike October 02, 2012 at 05:02 PM
Anytime a private alternitive to Social Security has been tried, it worked so well that the seniors got about four times as much as those seniors on Social Security.
RMK October 02, 2012 at 06:03 PM
"I find it disturbing that Chris Murphy is misrepresenting Linda's positions on these programs," he said." Funny, didn't Linda herself say almost exactly what Murphy is claiming? It's hard to backpedal on that statement about "sunsetting" social security in front of your Teapublican supporters when someone calls you on it, Ms. McMahon. Especially in this world of video proof! But then again, isn't McMahon's camp now claiming she didn't know the meaning of what "sunsetting" implies in regards to popular quality of life programs for seniors? Claiming she's kind of dumb rather than draconian? Oh, alrighty then.
CuriousOrange October 02, 2012 at 09:22 PM
The dream of markets always rising always ignores the nightmares of unpredictable market crashes, and worse. Whatever happened to the poor souls who relied on Enron, Lehman Bros, Bear,Stearns, WorldCom for the 401Ks?
CuriousOrange October 02, 2012 at 09:24 PM
Wants to be a senator and didn't know what "sunsetting" means? Did she ever even attend a committee meeting -- even watched on CSpan?
Tony October 03, 2012 at 05:49 PM
CuriousOrange, that's a load of garbage. Anyone who has a normal 401k diversifies, and nobody is ever given the advice to invest in one major company. That's foolish. Have you looked at the news lately? The Dow is up over what is was before the fall in 2008. Yes, there are ups and downs, but if you invest over the long haul, growth AVERAGES 8%, which is 8x what SS gives you. In 1982, the Dow was at 776. It's now 17x that at around 13,500. The FACT is that as it currently stands, ALL entitlement programs are INSOLVENT and will TOTALLY disappear for my generation (20s and 30s) and my children. Stop peddling the liberal lies and think about your kids and grandkids' future.
RMK October 03, 2012 at 06:14 PM
Tony, your basic premise on investing SS in the stock market is a bad one. The stock market is best for investments you can afford to LOSE - any financial planner worth their weight will tell you that. As for solvency, granted the Bush/Reagan administrations borrowed from our Social Security and compromised that savings, but it is by NO MEANS insolvent. Raising recipient age, raising the limit from 110K and keeping our Republicans in office out of the lock box - all help to maintain solvency. Investing in the stock market serves only one purpose and that's to throw our safety net dollars to the financial industry that caused our economic disaster in 2008. Those guys are STILL walking around flaunting their gigantic bonuses while we bail them out. Guess which Party is advocating for Wall Street with our hard-earned safety that WE paid into all our working lives? You got it: The Republicans.
CuriousOrange October 03, 2012 at 09:02 PM
You guys don't understand the DJ and other so-called 'averages' exclude the 'zeros' as 'outliers.' If the zeros were taken into account, the picture would be more Pandora than Pollyanna,

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