Conway Calls Out Tea Party ‘Fringe,’ Pledges to ‘Oppose any Cuts to Social Security’
October 18, 2010
(ChattahBox Political News)—Sam Stein of the Huffington Post, asks what “took so long” for Democrats to capitalize on Republicans’ unpopular positions to either eliminate or privatize Social Security? Good question. It’s a winning argument for Democratic candidates. Under the leadership of Jack Conway, the Democratic senatorial nominee and Attorney General for Kentucky running against Rand Paul, a petition to preserve Social Security organized by the Progressive Change Campaign Committee, has been signed by over 200 Democratic candidates and current members of congress. “With a Tea Party deep on the fringe, the way for Democrats to win in 2010 is to have a spine — and go on offense,” declared Conway in an email.
Conway, who is trailing Paul in the tight election by a few points, continued with his emailed call to arms:
“That’s why today, I am proud to announce with my friends at the Progressive Change Campaign Committee that over 200 congressional candidates and members of Congress are promising to oppose any cuts to Social Security.
“We’re saying no privatization, no raising the retirement age, no messing with the best program for seniors and workers in American history — and no mincing words about it.”
The petition asks Democrats to endorse a pledge to preserve Social Security, a successful entitlement program that’s the bedrock of our society.
“Social Security belongs to the people who have worked hard all their lives and contributed to it. Social Security is a promise that must not be broken. We need to strengthen Social Security, not cut it. That is why I oppose any cuts to Social Security benefits, including increasing the retirement age. I also oppose any effort to privatize Social Security, in whole or in part.”
To date, 11 Senate candidates, 78 House candidates and 133 incumbent members of Congress have signed the petition.
This is also a good strategy to fight back against conservative members of President Obama’s Commission on Fiscal Reform, who have used the panel to go after Social Security. Alan Simpson former Republican Senator from Wyoming and co-chair of the panel, dubbed the “cat food commission” by progressives, has not been shy about his disdain for Social Security.
Simpson recently described Social Security as “a milk cow with 310 million tits!” And he has referred to Social Security recipients, as “lesser people.”
The full list of signatories can be found here.