Bachmann hosts Social Security forum, and makes brief appearance

U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., hosted a forum on Social Security in St. Cloud Tuesday and it drew a packed house.

But the St. Cloud Times says Bachmann showed up an hour late for the forum, “What Every Woman Should Know About Social Security,” and then stayed only 10 minutes.

So those attending at the St. Cloud Library instead heard lots from Christina Powell, an official with the Social Security Administration.

Bachmann has said she’d like to replace the current Social Security system with private accounts for future generations, but that wasn’t addressed in the meeting, the paper said. Here’s an excerpt from the newspaper’s report:

Instead, most of the forum consisted of Powell explaining fundamental questions of how Social Security operates today to the audience, members of which asked her frequent questions.

Many wanted to know details of how Social Security payments are calculated, what happens to those benefits when a spouse dies or becomes divorced, when full benefits can be received and what qualifications are needed for Social Security disability payments, among other items.

“We at Social Security work very hard to make sure that everyone who’s eligible for a benefit receives that benefit,” Powell told the audience.

Powell highlighted the news this week that Social Security benefits are not likely to receive a cost of living adjustment for the next two years, and that many people’s checks could become smaller because of the rising cost of Medicare prescription drug programs that take their money out of Social Security first.

Comments (4)

  1. Submitted by dan buechler on 08/26/2009 - 03:04 pm.

    I find this interesting in many ways and I am not one of the many bachman haters (may be its my mild upbringing). The media angle (does the st. cloud paper have nicknames from political zealots from either side). The constituent service angle I hope this was with the best intentions. Her obvious views on social security. Someone somewhere should ask her how the iraqi christians are doing lately (not so well) probably the only one to challenge her on this was immelman who ran as a republican in the 6th district (also had military experience). Not that anyone really cares about such people 1/2 way across the world. I will do research and see if there will political asylum/refugee status.

  2. Submitted by dan buechler on 08/26/2009 - 03:22 pm.

    P.S. I apologize if my tone was at all flippant about the iraqi christians this is a very very serious issue. I guess I tire at times of Brett F., and Pawlenty’s political running and our political chasms. Once again I apologise.

  3. Submitted by Karl Bremer on 08/26/2009 - 06:09 pm.

    So if Bachmann showed up an hour late and stayed for only 10 minutes, how can you lead this story saying Bachmann “hosted” anything? Did you crib that from her press release again?

  4. Submitted by Greg Kapphahn on 08/26/2009 - 06:42 pm.

    Regarding Ms. Bachmann’s ten minutes at this event: I supposed when your mind’s all made up about something like social security, you know, how evil and socialistic, and satanic it is, you’d hate to risk letting any facts enter into your perspective.

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