Campaign 2010

Oct 24, 2006

Democrats Fight Bush and Congressional Republicans on Social Security

DCCC Press

Oct 24, 2006

Democrats Fight Bush and Congressional Republicans on Social Security

While George Bush and his Rubber Stamp Republicans in Congress March Toward Their Next Privatization Push, Democratic Candidates are Offering Seniors a New Direction in Protecting Social Security

George W. Bush: “I also happen to believe that a worker, at his or her option, ought to be allowed to put some of their own money in a, you know, in a private savings account, an account that they call their own. It’s an asset they’ll call their own.” [CNBC, 10/23/06; watch the president in his own words on YouTube: LINK]

“President Bush and congressional Republicans have made no secret of their plan to privatize Social Security but let’s be clear, when they talk about owning your own account, they’re talking about cutting benefits and borrowing trillions in debt,” said Rep. Rahm Emanuel, chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. “Democrats are clear -- we oppose the privatization of Social Security and will stop any plan like this to cut benefits and plunge our nation deeper in debt.”

Democrats Fighting to Protect Social Security

A few of the dozens of examples from around the country

(AZ-08) Gabrielle Giffords’ Campaign Ad on Protecting Social Security: “I’m drawing a line in the sand,” Giffords says in the ad. “I believe that Social Security and Medicare are promises we need to keep. Privatization schemes that gamble with social security? Medicare plans that help drug companies more than seniors? No way. Because there are some lines you just don’t cross.”

[Watch “Line” in Quicktime or Windows MediaWindows Media]

Vowing to Protect Social Security in a Forum: The AP reports, “Saying that almost 15 million Americans depend now on Social Security, Giffords said, ‘I do not want to risk Social Security on the stock market by gambling it away.’” [AP, 10/23/06, LINK}

(IN-08) Alliance for Retired Americans Endorses Brad Ellsworth: Alliance President George J. Kourpias, Secretary-Treasurer Ruben Burks and Executive Director Edward F. Coyle lauded Ellsworth for his “Leadership on issues such as the need for a comprehensive prescription drug benefit program under Medicare that benefits seniors, not insurance and drug companies; the financial stability of the Social Security system; retirement and pension security; and quality longterm and nursing home care.” [Evansville Courier & Press, 10/22/06, LINK]

(OH-15) Mary Jo Kilroy – Democratic Candidate in Ohio’s 15th District Fighting Back Against Deborah Pryce’s Social Security Privatization Plans: “As if privatization wasn’t bad enough, her recently unveiled ‘plan’ is even worse,” Kilroy said. “Much like her support of the minimum wage that hinges on the Paris Hilton tax, Pryce is either going to privatize Social Security, raise taxes or cut benefits. Either way, it appears she is out to destroy Social Security as we know it.”

(PA-08) Patrick Murphy – Democratic Candidate in Pennsylvania’s 8th District: “I have taken a pledge never to support privatizing Social Security, and I stand by my word,” said Patrick Murphy, former captain in the U.S. Army, Iraq war veteran, and Democratic nominee for Pennsylvania’s 8th Congressional District. “Congressman Fitzpatrick and President Bush want to turn our seniors’ retirement funding into a gamble by privatizing Social Security. We need a change in direction and that starts with a Congressman who will stop raiding the Social Security trust fund and not raise taxes on hard working middle-class Americans.”

Barbara Kennelly, President and CEO of the National Committee to Protect and Preserve Social Security and Medicare: “Under current leadership, our seniors’ retirement security is at risk of being privatized. We need leaders in Washington, like Patrick Murphy, who will fight to protect Social Security for future generations of seniors. I have met with Patrick Murphy and am delighted to say that he will be a champion for Social Security and seniors here in the 8th district and across America.”

(PA-10) From the Towanda Daily Review: Carney said he would never vote to privatize social security. “I think that (Social Security payments) is a promise made and a promise that has to be kept,” he [Carney] said. “We all paid into the system and we should get it back….Every study I have seen said that if we raised that cap to $170,000 (taxed the first $170,000 that a person earns each year), we would make Social Security solvent for the next several generations,” Carney said. [Towanda Daily Review, 10/17/06, LINK]

AARP Says Carney Will Protect Social Security: “Carney indicated he supports ‘a balanced Social Security plan to continue the program’s guaranteed benefits for future generations.’” Carney Vows to Fulfill the Promise of Social Security: “I’m going to make sure that it’s there. The government made a promise and we’re going to fulfill that promise.” [Scranton Times-Tribune, 10/22/06, LINK]

(VT-AL) From the Brattleboro Reformer Editorial Endorsement of Peter Welch: “He wants to raise the federal minimum wage and protect Social Security from those who want to privatize it. He believes in fiscal responsibility and that only a Democratic-controlled Congress can deliver that.” [Brattleboro Reformer, 10/21/06, LINK]

Privatization is on the March:

George W. Bush: President Bush told the Wall Street Journal that he plans to bring back his fight to privatize Social Security in January 2007. The Wall Street Journal reports aboard Air Force One, “He [Bush] had been saying that he hoped to revisit Social Security reform next year…” [Wall Street Journal, 9/9/06]

More Bush: “Now is the time for the Congress and the President to work together to reform Medicare and reform Social Security…If we can’t get it done this year, I’m going to try next year. And if we can’t get it done next year, I’m going to try the year after that, because it is the right thing to do...Now is the time to solve the problems of Medicare and Social Security, and I want your help… I’d like to put this on your agenda, and let you know the White House and members of the Senate and the House are anxious to deal with this issue and get it done once and for all.” [Bush remarks to Manhattan Institute, 6/27/06]

House Republican Leader John Boehner: “If I’m around in a leadership role come January, we’re going to get serious about this.” [Washington Times, 7/31/06]

Karl Rove: “I will point out that no president has made a more concerted or determined effort to reform Social Security, our nation’s largest entitlement. The president encountered enormous resistance to what were bold but practical reforms…But President Bush will continue to keep entitlement reform front and center on the nation’s political agenda.” [Rove remarks to the American Enterprise Institute, 5/15/06]

White House Chief of Staff Josh Bolten: “Looking ahead to next year, he is trying to lay the groundwork for a renewed effort to reform Social Security and Medicare, the federal health-care program for seniors.” [Wall Street Journal, 6/17/06]

Louisiana Rep. Jim McCrery on the 2007 Agenda: “Looking at the lay of the land politically and substantively, it seems to me the more logical order would be Social Security, then tax reform, then healthcare reform.” [Congress DailyPM, 6/6/06]