You might recall this piece from a little while ago about the non-partisan group For Our Grandchildren and their efforts to save Social Security. They circulated a letter and a very simple pledge to every Capitol Hill Office and to most candidates. It obligates the signer to put all options on the table in an effort to find a long-term solution to Social Security.
Well, yesterday they announced that some 164 people have signed the pledge. (Incumbents are highlighted in yellow at the link.) What’s more, in today’s bitterly partisan atmosphere, the signers appear to be almost perfectly bipartisan: 76 Democrats and 78 Republicans. Of the 164, 23 are incumbents. Some 11 Democrat incumbents have broken ranks with their party leaders and have eschewed the pressure put on them by Reps. Rangel (D-NY) and Levin (D-MI).
In this article by Keith Koffler in yesterday’s Congress Daily, a thuggish-sounding spokesperson for the AFL-CIO mouthpiece (forget that their members want personal accounts) is quoted as saying that, “his group will contact the Democratic lawmakers and predicted most or all of them will withdraw their signatures.” Hmmm… Does the phrase, “heavy-handed” come to mind? Sounds like somebody’s gonna find a horse’s head in their bed if they don’t take their name off this letter. Guess these folks aren’t allowed to think for themselves.
In any event, here’s a link to For Our Grandchildren’s press release marking this historic day and here’s a link to a map where you can see who has signed the pledge. Oh, and here’s a link to the pledge. If your lawmaker hasn’t already signed it, tell them to get with the bi-partisan program.
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