Wednesday, December 22, 2004

Let's SAVE Social Security

Ok folks, there's no doubt about it. The battle lines have been drawn. President Bush is committed to pressing his radical Social Security privatization scheme through Congress. That being the case, I'd like to make a few points regarding what we, as progressive Virginians, can do.

First off, a lesson in
framing. When speaking about Bush's plan with friends, relatives, or pets, be sure to emphasize that Bush is not trying to reform, revamp, redo, or redress. Instead, this plan is an attempt to destroy Social Security. Talking about it in any other terms cedes the rhetorical advantage to the other side. You see, for the most part, people like Social Security. They have some misplaced doubts about its solvency, but the vast majority of people want their children and grandchildren to receive a guaranteed retirement pension.

Bush's plan removes the guarantee from guaranteed. This is the truth and this is how we must frame the debate. Now, if you're an avid reader of
Josh Marshall's Talking Points Memo like I am, then you probably saw this earlier today.

Yes, based on his refusal to support the
2001 Filner Amendment Northern Virginia Democrat James Moran is part of Marshall's faint-hearted faction. What does this mean? In 2001, Congressman Moran refused to support a relatively meaningless proxy vote prohibiting privatization of Social Security.

Does this mean that now, in 2005, he'll support Bush's plan?? I doubt it. But Moran has abandoned the party before on some serious issues like
impeachment and late-term abortion. So if you live in Moran's district, or close enough that you can pretend to, call his office and make sure they know where you stand.

Tom Davis is hinting strongly that he, along with as many as 30 House members, are opposed to any efforts at privatizing Social Security. Davis, as we know, is in a swing district but is constantly pulled to the right by statewide and/or national ambitions. Be sure that Bush and company will pressure him to sign on to the plan. So again, if you live in the 11th, call or e-mail Davis and let him know.

That's all I have for now. We're working on a Save Social Security page that will track the situation and give you the information you need to contact your member of Congress.

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