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Saturday, May 14, 2005

Democrat Breaking Ranks With Party

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WASHINGTON (AP) - Breaking with party leaders, a Democratic congressman plans to introduce Social Security legislation, saying his first commitment is to his constituents.

Rep. Robert Wexler, D-Fla., said Friday: "I have the largest amount of Social Security recipients of any Democrat anywhere in the country. My allegiance to seniors is greater than my allegiance to the Democratic Party."

It is good to see that this proposal finally receive some "support" from the Democratic left. Unfortunately Wexler's plan calls for an increase in taxes something many red state voters (and probably blue state voters) will not appreciate. Wexler's announcement has not been well received within his own party, but besides Joseph Lieberman, he may go down in political history as the first Democrat to leave the "reactionist camp" that his party has long been known as for the last couple of years.

"The president's approach cuts benefits and it creates a privatization scheme, and on top of that does not ensure the solvency of Social Security," said Wexler, whose district includes the largest number of Social Security beneficiaries of any Democrat in the country.

The congressman said his bill, which has been reviewed by the Congressional Budget Office, would achieve solvency by eliminating the $2.1 billion program shortfall estimated by the nonpartisan agency. Social Security's trustees have pegged the figured at $3.9 billion.

Although all the details of this bill are not in, it is good to see the Democrats becoming proactive when it comes to solutions. Although this blogger can not give feed back about Social Security because of "conflict of interest," (with an upcoming career) but one can visit these two blogs (Social Security Choice and Rock The Vote) for analysis on privitizing social security and personal accounts.

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