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“I’ll be danged if I am going to give up my Social Security because of socialism”

UPDATE: It turns out that Schaffer’s remarks were misinterpreted, and he was actually defending Social Security and Medicare. Sorry for the mixup. Which also makes my final comment backwards — Schaffer’s remark was met with boos because he was defending “socialized medicine”.

LeRoy SchafferThus spake LeRoy Schaffer, who is an elected city council member from the town of St. Francis, Minnesota, at a town hall meeting held by right-wing-nut Congresscritter Michele Bachmann. Not to mention that for some unknown reason, Schaffer dressed in a tuxedo and a top hat for the occasion.

I’m afraid that these people’s irony detectors have worn out. They don’t seem to realize that Social Security is Socialism. If you need a clue, they even both have the word “Social” in them. See, words actually do mean something; they aren’t just weapons to be thrown around.

This reminds me of the people who stand up at town hall meetings and say things like “keep your government hands off my Medicare.” Of course, Medicare is already completely run by the government.

The only good news is that the town hall meeting seemed to have supporters of health care reform — Schaffer’s remark was met with boos.



  1. starluna wrote:

    It looks like there was an update. Schaffer was misinterpreted by the earlier report. He was apparently defending Social Security. According to the update on your link:

    “The Minneapolis Star Tribune quoted more of Schaffer’s words and it turns out he was defending Social Security. ‘I’m on Social Security and I’ve got Medicare,” said Schaffer, 70, before entering the auditorium. “I have socialized medicine. I wouldn’t give it up for anything in the world.'”

    Friday, August 28, 2009 at 5:49 pm | Permalink
  2. Iron Knee wrote:

    Thanks for the update, Starluna.

    Friday, August 28, 2009 at 6:12 pm | Permalink