Did you see the TV commercial that ran on CBS during halftime of today’s Packers/Bills game? First, watch it for yourself so you know what I’m talking about.
In the ad, Rep. Steve Kagen says that Reid Ribble wants to phase out Social Security “forcing Wisconsin seniors to fend for themselves.” Kagen cleverly took a very small clip out of a response Ribble gave at a forum, and twisted it to change its meaning. Reid Ribble does NOT want to force Wisconsin seniors to fend for themselves.
I posted the unedited TV commercial above because it shows quite obviously how misleading and dishonest Dr. Steve Kagen is. How can we trust this man? Come on folks, use your common sense. Who in their right mind would say such a thing? Do you REALLY believe Reid Ribble (or anyone) wants Wisconsin seniors to just “fend for themselves?” After they’ve been paying into the system their entire lives?
All Ribble is doing is recognizing the fact that our CURRENT Social Security system is broke and needs fixing. In Kagen’s ad, Ribble says, “somehow we have to establish a phase out of the current Social Security system”. But if Kagen had played Ribble’s quote for just FOUR MORE WORDS, you would have heard this, “somehow we have to establish a phase out of the current Social Security system TO A NEW SYSTEM.” It sure makes a difference doesn’t it? Ribble does NOT want to leave our Wisconsin seniors to “fend for themselves.” He wants to phase out the CURRENT system. Words matter folks.
In case you’re interested, a longer clip of Ribble’s speech is available on the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee’s YouTube channel. I suppose they’ve posted it as a slam against Ribble???? Actually, I don’t know why they’d post it. The only thing I can think of is that the Democrats simply have no idea what they’re doing. Anyway, here it is:
When you hear Ribble’s statement in the context of his full response to the question, it sure is different isn’t it? Kagen’s ad aired on TV during a Packer game in Wisconsin. He was obviously trying to scare senior citizens into voting for him. I don’t like it when people try to scam our senior citizens.
Isn’t there an age old gentleman’s custom that one man should not talk badly about another man’s Mother? Well, Dr. Kagen, when you say that Reid Ribble wants Wisconsin seniors to “fend for themselves,” that’s my Mother you’re talking about. And I’ll say this. I sure would rather have Reid Ribble fending for my Mother rather than you Dr. Kagen.
The ad finishes by saying “tell Republican Reid Ribble to keep his hands off our Social Security.” Again, a little common sense here folks. Do you really want that? Do you REALLY want congress keeping their hands off and leaving Social Security as it is? Have you been living under a rock for the past decade? We can’t leave it alone. Social Security is broke (in more ways than one). In it’s CURRENT form, it needs to be phased out and a new system needs to be established to ensure that there is indeed money there when we retire (which is exactly what Ribble says in the extended version of his speech).
The worst part of the ad is the last line, “I’m Dr. Steve Kagen. I approved this message.” That’s my CURRENT congressional representative speaking. Do I need to state the obvious? Dr. Steve Kagen is a manipulative, dishonest man, and I’m extremely disappointed that he represents me in congress. He should have just said, “I’m Dr. Steve Kagen. I have nothing good to say about my own record in congress, and Reid Ribble has no political record to criticize, so I manipulated his speech to make it sound like he wants seniors to fend for themselves. And I approved this message.”
Come on folks. Do you really want this guy representing you? He’s been in office four years. What has he done for you?
Reid Ribble is an honest businessman who has never been in politics. He’s running because he wants to serve you and me. We need to restore some honor and dignity in Congress. Let’s phase out our CURRENT congressman on November 2.
UPDATE: Tue 2010-09-21 Reid Ribble’s real position on Social Security