Campaign 2010

Oct 04, 2010

Tim Walberg (MI-07)  the Wrong Choice for Michigan’s Workers and Seniors

The choice between Mark Schauer and Tim Walberg could not be more clear:  Mark Schauer is fighting for what’s fair for Michigan’s working families and seniors and Tim Walberg is fighting to ship American jobs overseas and privatize Social Security and eliminate Medicare. 

DCCC spokesperson Jennifer Crider said, “Mark Schauer understands that things are tough in Michigan right now and he will fight everyday for Michigan’s working families and seniors.  Tim Walberg just doesn’t get it – he’s on the wrong side of the issues voters care most about.   Tim Walberg supports big tax loopholes that encourage companies to ship American jobs overseas and he wants to privatize Social Security, breaking our promise to Seniors who worked hard and earned it.  ” 

Tim Walberg is Wrong on Free Trade.  Tim Walberg supports big corporations over working families.  Tim Walberg actually said that “outsourcing is good for the nation’s economy.”  Walberg even said that, “It’s not China and Mexico that we should really be worrying that much about. We’re getting jobs back from China.” For Michigan’s workers China is part of the problem, not the solution.  Tim Walberg is totally out of touch if thinks Michigan’s workers are getting jobs FROM China.

Tim Walberg  is Wrong on Social Security.  Tim Walberg said that he ‘definitely supports the privatization of  the so-called Social Security system.’  Walberg would actually go farther and eliminate Social Security altogether.  If it were up to Tim Walberg, the 91,009 seniors in MI-07 who worked hard and played by the rules to earn their Social Security would just be out of luck.

Tim Walberg is Wrong on Medicare.  When asked about Republican Congressman Paul Ryan’s Roadmap, which would eliminate Medicare by making it a voucher system, Tim Walberg said, “When I read it, I went to him and I said, ‘Paul, when can I co-sponsor it?...I have no problem with Paul Ryan’s bill. It’s a great bill.”  Instead of the Medicare they have relied on, Tim Walberg would leave seniors with a voucher to fight for themselves in the insurance market.

BACKGROUND

Walberg Agreed that Outsourcing Was Good and Necessary for the Economy

In 2004, a Lansing State Journal Report on a Republicans candidates forum stated that Walberg and the other five Republicans all saw outsourcing as “good” and necessary” for the economy. [Lansing State Journal, 4/27/04]

Supported Trade with Peru

In 2007, Walberg voted for a trade agreement between the United States and Peru. The bill passed 285-132. [HR 3688, Vote #1060, 11/08/07]

Signed Americans for Tax Reform Pledge to Protect Outsourcers

Walberg is listed on the Americans for Tax Reform signers list for congressional candidates in 2010.

Americans for Tax Reform (ATR) required opposition to the American Jobs, Closing Tax Loopholes and Preventing Outsourcing Act. The legislation includes provisions to crack down on corporations that split foreign tax credits from the income subject to foreign tax, allowing them to take advantage of the foreign tax credit to reduce US taxes even though the income remains overseas. Republican pledge signers would protect the tax breaks for outsourcing targeted in this legislation. [http://ctj.org/pdf/ftc2010.pdf; http://www.atr.org/files/files/080510-2010fednewpledgelist.pdf]

Walberg: “It’s Not China and Mexico We Should Really Be Worrying About…”

At a June 16, 2010 meet and greet, Walberg said it wasn’t China and Mexico we should be worrying about – we’re getting jobs back from China.  [http://www.youtube.com/MI07 rawfootage#p/u/227/hE2Jplt96tY]

Walberg Supports Social Security Privatization

During an interview with iCaucus, also known as Independence Caucus, Tim Walberg said he supported privatizing Social Security and went as far to say that he supports completely eliminating the entire Social Security system. 

“I would definitely support the privatization of the so-called Social Security system…I’d be very much in favor of saying that there ought to be a date certain when no longer does anybody have to put into Social Security.”  [YouTube.com, accessed 10/4/10]

“When you say the word privatizing obviously a seasoned campaigner like me understands that that is a buzzword that is just about as negative as a noose hanging around your neck. But in talking with you, we all understand what that means.  I definitely support the privatization of the so-called Social Security system.” [YouTube.com, accessed 10/4/10]

Supports Social Security Privatization

In a July 2007 Detroit News article, Walberg said he supported privatizing Social Security . [Detroit News, 7/17/06]

Walberg Supports Congressman Paul Ryan’s Roadmap For America

During his iCaucus interview, Walberg stated his support for Congressman Paul Ryan’s Roadmap for America. When asked if he was familiar with the bill, Walberg replied, “Oh yeah, very much so.” When asked if he was in favor of the proposals in the Roadmap, Walberg replied, “I am…When I read it, I went to him and I said, ‘Paul, when can I co-sponsor it?’”

Walberg went on to say, “So, no, I have no problem with Paul Ryan’s bill. It’s a great bill.” [iCaucus Interview, 6/25/10]

Washington Post’s Ezra Klein: Medicare is Privatized

According to the Washington Post’s Ezra Klein, “To move us to surpluses, Ryan’s budget proposes reforms that are nothing short of violent. Medicare is privatized. Seniors get a voucher to buy private insurance, and the voucher's growth is far slower than the expected growth of health-care costs. Medicaid is also privatized. The employer tax exclusion is fully eliminated, replaced by a tax credit that grows more slowly than medical costs. And beyond health care, Social Security gets guaranteed, private accounts that CBO says will actually cost more than the present arrangement, further underscoring how ancillary the program is to our budget problem.” [Washington Post, 2/1/10]

“Proposal Would Abolish Medicare in Its Current Form”

According to the Center for Budget and Policy Priorities, “The Ryan proposal would abolish Medicare in its current form for everyone currently below age 55. In other words, the traditional fee-for-service Medicare program would be eliminated for everyone becoming eligible after 2020…Overall, CBO estimates that the Ryan proposal would reduce projected Medicare expenditures by 37 percent by 2040, and 76 percent by 2080. (In other words, expenditures for the vouchers that would replace today’s Medicare would, in 2080, equal 24 percent of what Medicare expenditures are projected to be under current law.) Since the proposal does little to slow the growth of provider charges for health care services or insurance company charges for premiums, most of these reductions in Medicare spending would have to be borne by elderly and disabled beneficiaries themselves or their families.” [CBPP, 3/10/10]