Clark ad slams Bachmann on Social Security

WASHINGTON — A new ad out from Tarryl Clark hits Rep. Michele Bachmann over Social Security, saying Bachmann wants to “wean everybody off” of Social Security. Bachmann’s camp, however, says the ad takes Bachmann’s words misleadingly out of context.

“Well, Michele Bachmann says we need to ‘wean everybody off’ Social Security,” says a female voiceover. “Like Social Security isn’t your money. Like 


It ends by saying of Bachmann: “Keeping her pay raises but not our promises to seniors.”

The full ad is below.


Team Bachmann hit back, saying that Bachmann was very clear that she was only talking about people who aren’t currently on Social Security.

“It’s more misleading claims by the Clark campaign,” said Bachmann spokesman Sergio Gor, calling Clark a “desperate” candidate.

“It’s being taken out of context. What, conveniently, the Clark campaign is doing is taking one part of the argument without taking the whole argument.”

Bachmann’s full remarks from February are reprinted below. I’ve bolded the bit in question:

BACHMANN: Is the country too big to fail? No, the country can fail. We can, we’re not invincible. And we’re so close now to being at that point because the thing is, as Glenn Beck said last night, it is true. The $107 trillion that he put on the board. We’re $14 trillion in debt, but that doesn’t include the unfunded massive liabilities. That’s $107 trillion, and that’s for Social Security and Medicare and all the rest. You add up all those unfunded net liabilities, and all the traps that could go wrong we’re on the hook fo

r, and what it means is what we have to do is a reorganization of all of that, Social Security and all. We have to do it simply because we can’t let the contract remain as they are because the older people are going to lose.

So, what you have to do, is keep faith with the people that are already in the system, that don’t have any other options, we have to keep faith with them. But basically what we have to do is wean everybody else off. And wean everybody off because we have to take those unfunded net liabilities off our bank sheet, we can’t do it. So we just have to be straight with people. So basically, whoever our nominee is, is going to have to have a Glenn Beck chalkboard and explain to everybody this is the way it is.

There’s a difference between what Clark’s ad says and what Bachmann said some months ago. Given that, I asked Clark’s camp if the ad was misleading, and if the images of senior citizens was appropriate to place alongside those words.

Said Clark spokeswoman Carrie Lucking: “There is nothing misleading about the ad.  Michele Bachmann wants to “wean” people “off” Social Security, which makes them addicts that need to be ‘weaned.’ Current seniors, who are eligible for Social Security, are addicts.  Thus the image is appropriate. “

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Comments (7)

  1. Submitted by Ron Gotzman on 09/28/2010 - 02:56 pm.

    It sounds to me “taxing Tarryl” is getting desperate!

  2. Submitted by Greg Kapphahn on 09/28/2010 - 04:26 pm.

    The day will come soon enough when I and all my baby boomer cohorts will, indeed, look like the senior citizen in the ad as will the members of each generation to follow. Bachmann, in wanting to “wean” those of us not yet collecting Social Security off of it, using the very insulting image of retired and retiring adults as infants needing to stop nursing from our mothers or speaking of Social Security as if it were a food we love that’s bad for us that we’d really be better off without having, or a chemical that we’ve grown accustomed to abusing that’s doing us damage and that we’d be healthier without, Bachmann, indeed, makes it clear that she has NO INTENTION of protecting Social Security.

    Rather, she and her Republican friends hope to drive all retirement money into Wall Street investment houses where, through the gambling and sleight of hand tricks so loved by those firms they’ll be able to divest those attempting to save, not only of their gains but also of their savings, themselves, while paying each other compensation levels beyond the dreams of avarice. (If you don’t know that yet, you need to stop drinking that weasel news koolaide. That’s the stuff that’s gonna kill you if you don’t “wean yourself” off of it).

    What Clark’s add says is the clear implication of what Mickey Bachmann has said publicly. The ad is accurate. Mickey just doesn’t like anyone telling the public the truth about whom it is that she serves (rather than her constituents) nor does she like anyone decoding what her true (but carefully worded so as to obscure the meaning of her words) intentions are.

    If you thought it was fun watching the big investment banks gamble away so much of your 401k and 403b money that they needed to be bailed out with your own tax dollars in order to prevent the entire world financial system collapsing, you’re gonna LOVE what they’ll do if their most faithful Republican friends, such as Mickey Bachmann, ever successfully manage to “privatize” Social Security.

  3. Submitted by Hénock Gugsa on 09/28/2010 - 07:04 pm.

    I do not think that it is the current or future (hopeful) recipients of social security benefits that need to be weaned. And you don’t even need to do any polling to know that practically everybody expects to receive social security benefits when retirement age arrives.

    If anybody needs to be weaned, it is the Government. It has been dipping into the social security pool and diverting (they call it borrowing) the funds for other (mostly wasteful) ventures. And then, to make matters worse, when the Government can’t even repay or reinstate what they have frittered away, some politicians are tugging at it to play casino with our safety net.

    If you want my social security to be privatized, fine. But, I’ll do it myself. Privately, tee hee! Deliver all my funds to me, and we’ll call it quits. Oh, and then, you won’t have to worry about weaning me. That would be a bonus to you, I think. And by the way, I’ve already prepared a safe place for those funds. But, I won’t tell you where.

  4. Submitted by James Hamilton on 09/29/2010 - 10:39 am.

    The focus on Bachmann’s salary is a totally misguided approach. Which of us is going to refuse a raise?

    Clark might better look to the hypocrisy shown by Bachmann’s anti-big-government stance and her introduction of a bill to provide federal funding for school transportation for foster children, one of Bachmann’s own “special interests”.

  5. Submitted by Hénock Gugsa on 09/29/2010 - 02:48 pm.

    @ #4 – Re “hypocrisy” …

    It is also possible to add reckless self-contradiction and lack of foresight to that assessment.

    When Ms. Bachmann (or any political party) advocates that Government should stay out of our business, should their next step then be to hand over power over our lives to unregulated, and unaccountable private entities? These are times when we need guarantees and insurance for everything in duplicates and triplicates … heck, there are even funeral insurers out there that claim they’ve got the best deal for you, guaranteed!

    And, so then, shouldn’t we really, seriously sit down and ponder who can we, justifiably, trust now? Who really can claim the best track record, let alone the moral authority, Business or Government? And I hope that no one comments that the business of Government is Business. That would be too cynical and unhelpful.

  6. Submitted by Ginny Martin on 09/29/2010 - 07:30 pm.

    Social security is working just fine and it is solvent until — can’t remember the year, but it is solvent. All that is needed to make sure enough money is coming in is to raise the limit on social security taxes to a reasonable level. Don’t let ’em scare you.
    And besides we paid for it. We all paid our money into SS and it is one excellent, efficient program.

  7. Submitted by Dennis Tester on 10/01/2010 - 02:19 pm.

    “Clark ad lies about Bachmann on Social Security”

    There, I fixed it for you.

    From page 1 of the old democrat playbook. When all else fails, scare the old folks by telling them the mean old republicans are going to take away your social security. They haven’t run this play in a while so she must be getting advice from Spano.

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