Mar 15, 2010
Charles Djou Should Show Voters Respect, Stand Behind His Support for Social Security Privatization
In these tough times, Hawaiians deserve to know where their leaders stand on the issues. But will Charles Djou come clean at tonight’s debate?
Last week, Djou suggested, but wouldn’t confirm, that he supports subjecting Hawaiian seniors’ Social Security benefits to the whim of the stock market and greedy Wall Street traders, and cutting Social Security benefits for those under 55. Why? Because he’s playing politics.
“Charles Djou needs to come clean with voters and show them some respect. Djou supports privatizing Social Security and subjecting seniors’ benefits to the whims of the stock market and Wall Street traders but won’t admit it because he’s trying to play it both ways,” Andy Stone, Western Regional Press Secretary for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. “There’s just one thing worse than a politician who supports privatizing Social Security – someone who supports it but won’t admit it.”
- Djou told the American Spectator that President Bush “had the right idea” in addressing Social Security reform “but wasn’t willing to say he supported a specific plan because” he’d be attacked “for wanting to destroy Social Security.” [American Spectator, 3/12/10]
- The Washington Post’s Ezra Klein writes that House Republican Ranking Member of the Budget Committee Paul Ryan's budget “proposes reforms that are noting short of violent…Social Security gets guaranteed, private accounts that CBO says will actually cost more than the present arrangement...” [The Washington Post, 2/1/10; Ranking Republican of Budget Committee Paul Ryan Web site]