Feb 04, 2005
Nancy Johnson’s “Fork in the Road”
Feb 4, 2005
Nancy Johnson's "Fork in the Road"
Yogi Berra once said, "if you come to a fork in the road, take it." Nancy Johnson has had two opposite positions on Social Security privatization. Now that President Bush has put forth a privatization plan, it's time for Johnson to take one position on it.
Rep. Nancy Johnson has tried to have it both ways on the issue of Social Security privatization, but with the issue front and center after the State of the Union, her moment of truth has arrived.
Johnson took two completely opposite positions on the issue in last year's campaign.
FLIP... Johnson told the National Taxpayers Union in 2004 that she supported "individual retirement accounts" and answered "Yes" to the following statement:
"I recognize that Social Security will default on its obligations to future retirees unless fundamental reforms are made. Therefore, I will work and vote for a system of Social Security Choice that will allow younger workers to have the choice of investing much of their Social Security taxes in regulated individual retirement accounts. Current retirees and those nearing retirement would not have any change in their Social Security benefits. Social Security Choice will give younger workers ownership of their Social Security accounts, with higher rates of return and better benefits than are possible under the current system." [ntu.org]
FLOP... Yet, in the AARP's 2004 candidate questionnaire Johnson claimed she OPPOSED privatization through private accounts.
AARP asks: Supports creating private individual accounts out of Social Security
Johnson's response: Opposes [AARP]
"The moment of truth has arrived for Nancy Johnson -- she can't be both for and against Social Security privatization and benefit cuts. Johnson took two completely opposite positions in her last campaign. Johnson's constituents finally deserve a straight answer on where she really stands, " said DCCC Chairman Rahm Emanuel (IL).