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AMAC Says Seniors Will Determine Who Will Be the Next President

Older Americans may show up in greater numbers on Election Day because there’s more at stake: Medicare and Social Security –

BOHEMIA, NY, Aug 31 – “The smart money says that seniors, not young women, will determine who will be the next president of the United States,” according to Dan Weber, president of the Association of Mature American Citizens.

“We’ve got more skin in the game and we are sure to turn out in at least the same numbers as we did in 2010 when seniors accounted for nearly a quarter of the votes cast.  In fact, many more of us may show up at the polls on November 6 because there’s more at stake, including our Medicare coverage and our Social Security benefits,” Weber said.

However, he cautioned senior voters to do their homework before casting their ballots.  “Don’t be fooled by the scary campaign ads.  Most of all, consider the pure and simple fact that both Medicare and Social Security outlays are growing at an alarming and unsustainable rate.  Then ask yourself: Is Obamacare the solution or do we need realistic reform that will preserve these programs for us and for our children and grandchildren?”

The AMAC chief also reminded older Americans that Medicare and Social Security are not entitlement programs like Welfare and Food Stamps.

He described Medicare as a health insurance policy for which eligible older Americans have paid real premiums all the working days of their lives.  And, he said, Social Security is a type of self-funded retirement program in which we have invested our own money, deducted every payday from our salaries and wages.

Weber concluded: “I, for one, will opt for reform over Obamacare.  Its official name is the Affordable Care Act, but it is not affordable and it was crafted in secret to diminish the value our paid up Medicare policies to pay for free-for-all entitlements.

“I also choose sensible changes to the way our children and grandchildren pay for and receive Social Security.  Specifically, in this day and age when people are living longer and working longer, it is not an onerous modification to up the age of eligibility; nor is it a radical notion to allow those who pay into the Social Security fund to opt for an independent Social Security IRA that lets citizens set up their own supplementary retirement accounts.”


NOTE TO EDITORS: Dan Weber is available for telephone interviews on this issue.  Please contact John Grimaldi at 917-846-8485 or [email protected] to set up a chat.



The Association of Mature American Citizens [] is a vibrant, vital and conservative alternative to those traditional organizations, such as AARP, that dominate the choices for mature Americans who want a say in the future of the nation.  Where those other organizations may boast of their power to set the agendas for their memberships, AMAC takes its marching orders from its members.  We act and speak on their behalf, protecting their interests, and offering a conservative insight on how to best solve the problems they face today.

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Katie D
10 years ago

Do we want a Chavez or a President? I think the correct answer is Romney, Ryan!

10 years ago

We are at a critical crossroads. Either capitalism or socialism.
I call our reps in Washington quite often and so far have not received a reply to the following. There is not one politician facing personal bankruptcy as they practice fiscal discipline in their home so why not apply the same discipline in Washington with our hard earned tax money? The answer from this writer it is driven by power and greed,

Obama lives in the present moment of power while Romney is a futurist for our children, grandchildren and for America.
Why would any man who has achieved the American dream, with 5 young men and 18 grandchildren, a supporting wife for over 40 years run for President other than being a true patriot with a deep love for this country. This is not an ego trip unlike Obama’s reason for running. Obama is all bout control, tax and spend. He is not a leader but a controller!!!!

Last Christmas I sat down with our two grandchildren who will be eligible to vote in this election. I explained Obama’s platform as well as Romney’s. They will be voting for Romney.

As I said to them if you cannot trust Pop Pop at the point in time then who can you trust? It is your future. Question with boldness and spread the word to your friends.
That is where we as grandparents can make a difference in this election.

Everyone falls into one of these (3) categories:
1) Those who watch things happen
2) Those who make things happen
3) Those who wonder what the heck happened

It is time that we as seniors step forward for the future of our country and for the next generation.
Do not be fooled by the scared tactics used by this admin. Their words have no substance. We had 4 years for false promises.

10 years ago

I am a recovering democrat and have voted conservative with Bush and McCain because I saw that the democrat party during the last 20 or so years has become all liberal/radical. For this country to sustain itself, the Romney/Ryan ticket must win in November. If Obama is re-elected, America will become a second rate world power and Obama just might be able to get himself a permanent position, like Chavez. What a scary thought.

Cuts in Medicare and SS must come. It’s the only way we can survive. We are America, not Greece. We will not riot in the streets when the government has to cut back on benefits. Let’s get on with the program and get Romney/Ryan elected. It’s the only thing that will save us. Oh, and please don’t vote for a third party candidate as a protest. That will get Obama re-elected.

10 years ago

Hope and change? Our only hope is a change! There’s an old saying; “Insanity is continuing to do the same old things but expect different results.” Obama and the dems controlled everything in Washington for two plus years, and made our economic problems more gigantic (doubled our national debt in two years!!!). Now, they continue to use Bush as their excuse? You got grandkids? You want a better world for them? You better plan on getting to the polls and voting for Romney/Ryan – CHANGE is our only HOPE!!!

10 years ago

read a lot of the post, and go see 2016 if you have any dought about obama, and what he thinks of America and the American people.

10 years ago

We all need to have the courage and pride that was evident during WWII, when we all pulled together and were proud to make the sacrifices required. Remember rationing food and shortages for the cause. We didn’t complain. We were Americans. There will be cuts under Romney because he cares to solve our economic issues. We will support him.

10 years ago
Reply to  Maureen

You are spot on.

10 years ago

Obama promised to cut payroll taxes in half. He hopes that will appease voters. Guess what, cities depend on payroll taxes over property tax to balance their budgets. Note the cities going bankrupt. Much is due to the 23 million not working and paying those taxes.

Ray the accountant
10 years ago
Reply to  Maureen

Hi Maureen, I just wanted to clarify something. The payroll taxes that the President talks about are the with-holding taxes for Social Security (FICA) and the Medicare tax. The amount for the FICA tax had been 6.2% up until about two years ago when the Democrats and Republicans changed it to 4.2% to “help stimulate” the economy. That was a terrible mistake for the Republicans, since that money is now not going into the Social Security system. But now the President is talking about cutting both even more. It’s very obvious that the Democratic party does not want to fix this by restoring the amounts to be paid to Social Security and Medicare, and reducing the regular income tax on Americans of all income levels. But the worst part is the fact that the President then implies that he wants to fix Social Security. It’s just plain incomprehensible!! And you’re right about the 23 million Americans not working or under-employed. That too is creating part of the problem. I do not believe the President has any idea how to get Americans back to work.

Sally Isenberg
10 years ago

I will be voting for Romney.He is experienced and will be better at creating jobs. Some programs will have to be cut. There is no other way. This country is soooo indebt. Some govt. agencies should be cut like the Dept. of Education and other ones that are just dead weight.
Obama is a scary guy. He just creates diversions, so he can avoid discussing the budget, like the gay marriage thing, that was a diversion. He doesn’t care if the country goes down the toilet. Don’t vote for Ron Paul because your vote will go to Obama. Romney is a good guy with values. Go see 2016 and you’ll see what Obama has up his sleeve.

Connie Gilmore
10 years ago
Reply to  Sally Isenberg

WOW! I just read about half of the comments here, and it sounds like we seniors have our acts together. I volunteered to do telephone contacts for the Romney/Ryan ticket. I live in a state that is definitely red and I wanted to make a difference, so I’ll be contacting people in swing states. If we all use a little of our free time and make contacts like this, I think we can definitely turn the tide in these states. Our country is on the brink of financial disaster and this election will definitely make the difference. Not only our lives, but the lives of our children and grandchildren will be determined with this election. Get out there and let your voices be heard. Do I sound like a Romney/Ryan enthusiast? Well, I am!

judith m olson
10 years ago

i find it so interesting, reading some of these posts, that people have such short memories….george bush had a very low unemployment rate,(5.4%) until both the house and senate went to the democrats in 2006… since that time, the spending has been out of his control, (due to congress control of the spending)…i am hoping that people with such short memories and almost an alzheimers’ like retention of fact, either do some homework before going to the polls on november 6 or risk pulling the wrong lever, once in the polling booth. obama is not the right choice for america, which has been proven time and again, over the past 4 years. yes, he can read a teleprompter, play a poor game of golf, drink beer, and use his chicago like thug methods to smear his opponent, but he hasnt been able to do anything he promised that he would do, when he ran in 2008. do your homework people!

10 years ago

I am a senior citizen who has been paying my Social Security and Medicare taxes since I was 18. I’ve noticed lately that my doctors have been getting less reimbursements for their services. This was caused by the $717 billion already taken from Medicare to fund the Obamacare when and if (if ever) it gets funded by Congress. Let’s all of us get real, Obamacare means as elderly persons, we no longer have the freedom to have a private (and special) relationship with our doctors as the IPAB group (already in place) will decide if we at age 70 can get an open heart surgery or a hip replacement since we would be considered too old for the government to fund the expensive surgery. Yes, right now we are still enjoying the benefits of our Medicare but not for long. If Obamacare gets funded in 2014, say good bye to getting medical appointments at your convenience, getting the care that you need as there’ll be 30-40 million more people being crammed into the system for the same number of doctors/nurses and hospitals. We would be sent home with prescriptions and a Visiting Nurse instead of getting the surgery or treatment that we would need. There will be heavy rationing of medical care since there’s not enough doctors to take care of more people. So many people are delusional as they think Obamacare would be free. Our taxes will also be higher as well as there’ll be hidden taxes for all the medical devices and treatments that we would need to fund Obamacare. Our health is our most precious commodity, do not let the government wrestle the control from our hands and appoint themselves in charge. Make life easier, just vote for Romney-Ryan in November.

Senior Borderbully
10 years ago
Reply to  Fashionable60s

Fashionable60s – You are dead on with your comments. I am 74 and do not look forward to getting sick or needing surgery under this dastardly plan. It will not work. Having lived in Canada for 36 yrs,, even before socialized medicine was enacted, I can attest to that. It was great at first but eventually it’s become so expensive since the money started running out. Obama has stolen $716 billion from Medicare to pay for his bill BEFORE Obamacare is even fully operational so imagine what it will be like over the next 5 or 10 years. The tab will be astronomical = exactly as the CBO has said. As former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher said – “Socialism is great until you run out of other people’s money.” Government’s demand for more money means it will come from our pockets. We can now understand why the politicians exempted themselves from it. Yes, Romney/Ryan on Nov 6.

Al DeDauw
10 years ago

I was a democrat & didnt vote for Obama the first time because I knew deep down this man was wrong. So now I know for sure he is wrong, my vote is for Mitt & I encourage other Democrats to do the same.

10 years ago

I,m an independent senior
. After carefully studying both candidates there is only one choice. Romney Ryan. Period

Daphne Krueger
10 years ago

I heard an interview with Ron Paul and he didn’t say he was voting for Pres. Obama. He said at the present time, he doesn’t know if he is voting for Mitt Romney.

10 years ago
Reply to  Daphne Krueger

Daphne, I don’t know which Ron Paul interview you watched or which network you were watching, but it was not the one that my comment was based on. Ron Paul was directly asked if he would vote for Obama and he indicated that there was a possibility. Keep in mind that every news service interviews him and the questions that he is asked are not identical. In any case, you must realize that voting for Ron Paul is a vote for Obama.

10 years ago

As for anyone who thinks a protest vote for Ron Paul or any other person will somehow NOT result in getting Obama re-elected, I have one question. When was the last time a third party protest vote resulted in anyone byt the incumbent getting re-elected in the last 100 years?

Jerry Ballew
10 years ago
Reply to  PaulE

Shades of Ross Perot!!!

10 years ago

The realistic choice comes down to Romney /Ryan or Obama /Biden. Romney and Ryan offer a well thought our plan for saving America. Obama and Biden offer a continuation of the last four years. Do we really need to discuss this further?

Judith Ann
10 years ago

Pouting over Ron Paul will do WHAT?! Voting forr Obama and his socialist politics won’t help you now or ever. Talk about “cutting your nose off to spite your face”….. Stop sucking your fingers and grow up and work towards your choices in an intelligent, organized structure within your community. Romney wasn’t my first choice, either, but he’s my BEST choice now and I’m making that count at the polls. Get out of the corner and move forward one step at a time.

Ron D
10 years ago

Please, please, please vote for Romney/Ryan. Help save our country and freedom!

10 years ago
Reply to  Ron D

Totally agree!!!!!

10 years ago
Reply to  PaulE

We have to get Obama out of office. Please don’t waste your vote.

James H.
10 years ago

Please stop calling Obama cute or racist nicknames. It hurts our cause and makes you sound ignorant. Just because the Left does that to our side doesn’t mean we should do it to them. Let’s be the adults in the room. There is enough to criticize Obama and the Democrats for without stooping to name calling. Thanks.

10 years ago
Reply to  James H.

Well said!

winona hinkel
10 years ago

I am so tired of those who blame Geo. W. Bush for the condition we’re in. I should remind them the congress spends the money, and until Jan, 2007, we had a democratic congress who voted over vetoes and spent like there was no tomorrow. Bucko has done nothing to make it better, indeed he has spent more than all other presidents by tons. I have an email to send any doubters about Bucko’s eligibility.

10 years ago
Reply to  winona hinkel

I missed it too;I hear from other medumis.Cain and Romney came out on top.Cain for being direct and calculated.Romney for being defensive.Sorry this is the best I can do from what I’ve read.

10 years ago

NOW, is the time for ALL good American men/women to come to the aid of their COUNTRY!!!!
That’s country, NOT party!!!! Do the RIGHT thing, or do nothing!!!!

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