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Mid-Michigan seniors protest taxes, benefits

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(11/08/12) - Members of the Gray Panthers organization, and others, protested Thursday morning at U.S. Representative Dave Camp's Midland office.

Several dozen people gathered outside the office of the just re-elected Republican congressman. They're calling on his help to set up a fair tax system.

The protesters carried signs expressing their concerns about their taxes and benefits. They said it would impact them tremendously if Congress cuts Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security, while extending tax breaks for the wealthy.

Some seniors say, although the election is over, they're still holding their representatives accountable.

Michael Konesko was there because he's concerned that everything he and his friends worked for could be taken away.

"I just retired in August and I'm concerned for not only for myself but folks in the plant who have got injures and had to retire because they couldn't lift 10 pound sugar bags anymore, will have their Social Security cut or Medicare under a budget deal that the congressman might buy into on a lame duck session," Konesko said.

The message to Congress - millions of Americans will suffer if cuts to Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security are made while tax breaks for the wealthy are extended.

"I'd love to retire someday and Social Security and Medicare are something that we've paid into for years and we should be able to get back what we paid for," said Marjorie Mitchell.

Tammy Beebe is concerned about her own well-being and she says she's also worried about her grandson's prospects. That's why she's holding her elected representatives accountable.

"It's his future too, he needs to be able to have a working wage and be able to retire when he gets old," she said. "It's very frustrating and it's going to be very stressful on people's lives whose are already stressed."

Camp released a statement saying, "We can address our jobs crisis and our debt crisis by focusing on tax reform that strengthens our economy."

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