Campaign 2010

Apr 22, 2010

Republican Tim Burns Pledges to Privatize Social Security to Secure Endorsement

Then, Burns Brings in Privatization Advocate Newt Gingrich to Reinforce His Commitment to the Risky Scheme


Republican millionaire Tim Burns was endorsed by the House Conservative Fund yesterday – a group that only supports candidates who endorse their agenda including privatizing Social Security.  And though it’s not surprising that the out of touch millionaire supports a risky scheme to gamble Social Security benefits on Wall Street, this latest revelation reinforces what we already knew: Burns’ agenda is wrong for Western Pennsylvania.


In addition to endorsing the House Conservative Fund’s agenda to secure their support, Burns is also campaigning today with another privatization advocate, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich.  When you couple these endorsements with all the other privatization advocates that are supporting Burns, there’s no doubt that Burns is committed to the risky scheme.


“Tim Burns’ support for a risky scheme to privatize Social Security would be devastating for seniors in Western Pennsylvania.  Only an out of touch millionaire like Tim Burns would want to gamble the Social Security benefits seniors earned on Wall Street,” said Shripal Shah, Regional Press Secretary for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.   “The agenda that Tim Burns and his supporters are pushing is flat out wrong for Western Pennsylvania. His failure to grasp that only proves how out of touch he really is with what’s best for seniors in the district.”




Tim Burns was endorsed by the House Conservative Fund. In order to receive their endorsement and receive their contribution, Burns had to sign on to support their agenda. [House Conservative Fund Press Release, 4/21/10]


In order to be considered for a contribution from the House Conservatives Fund, candidates must fill out a questionnaire and support values consistent with those espoused by the conservative Republican Study Committee. [CQ-Roll Call, 3/10/10]


Republican Study Committee Supports Social Security Privatization. The Republican Study Committee supports the privatization of Social Security and has been praised by right-wing political groups for their pro-privatization stance. [Freedom Works Release, 3/1/06]


Republican Study Committee Supports Medicare Privatization. The Republican Study Committee favors an approach similar to Rep. Paul Ryan’s controversial plan to privatize Medicare by replacing it with private vouchers. [New York Observer, 2/6/10]


Today, former Speaker Newt Gingrich is campaigning for Republican Tim Burns. [Pittsburgh Tribune Review, 4/20/10]


            Gingrich is a privatization advocate. [Fox News Sunday, 1/10/05]


Yesterday, FreedomWorks endorsed Burns’ candidacy. [, 4/21/10]


According to the FreedomWorks website, privatizing Social Security is one of their biggest priorities. [Freedom Works website, accessed 4/21/10]


Burns campaigned with Congressman Bill Shuster.  Just over two weeks ago Burns did events with Congressman Bill Shuster. [Daily American, 4/2/10]


Shuster has long been a vocal supporter for the risky Republican plan to privatize Social Security. [Patriot News, 3/06/05; Associated Press, 4/28/01; Associated Press, 4/20/01; Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, 5/08/01; USA Today, 5/15/01; Dallas Morning News, 5/7/01]