Campaign 2010

Feb 03, 2005

FLIP, FLOP, FLIP… Simmons Flips on Social Security AGAIN…

DCCC Press

Feb 3, 2005

FLIP, FLOP, FLIP... Simmons Flips on Social Security AGAIN...

3 weeks ago Simmons said "no way" on privatization. Now, Simmons is "open" to Bush's privatization plan.

Just weeks after GOP Rep. Rob Simmons said there's "no way" he could support Social Security privatization, Simmons now says he "he may be open to the idea" and said privatization could be a "permanent fix."

With Simmons' latest flip-flop, he's now gone from supporting privatization to opposing it to supporting it again. Take a look at Simmons slippery Social Security record:

FLIP... In 2001, Simmons co-signed a letter to the President's Commission to Strengthen Social Security urging support for privatization. Simmons wrote to the Commission: "Social Security reform must offer younger workers the opportunity to improve their rates of return using personal retirement accounts." ["DeMint Letter" to The Social Security Reform Commission, 5/24/01]

FLOP... But last month Simmons told the Washington Post "there is no way he will support Bush's idea of allowing younger Americans to divert some of their payroll taxes into private accounts." [Washington Post, 1/11/05]

FLIP... But today, Simmons flipped yet again:

"U.S. Rep. Rob Simmons, R-2, previously one of the most outspoken opponents of personal savings accounts among Republicans in Congress, indicated in responding to the speech that he may be open to the idea. " [New Haven Register, 2/3/05]

"U.S. Rep. Rob Simmons, R-2nd District, who was quoted last month in The Washington Post as calling Social Security reform "a political hornet's nest, " said in a statement Wednesday that Bush had "rejoined" the Social Security debate by revealing long-term problems with the program and explaining how private accounts could be 'a permanent fix.'" [New London Day, 2/3/05]

"Keeping track of Rob Simmons' shifting position on Social Security is as tough as tracking the stock market, which is where Simmons now says he would send trillions of dollars from Social Security's trust fund, " said DCCC Chairman Rahm Emanuel. "Eastern Connecticut simply can't trust Rob Simmons with their Social Security when his position keeps changing."