As we noted below, there’s been a definite drum beat around Washington this week to put Social Security reform back on the Nation’s agenda.
However, while it was off the public screen, a serious non-partisan group called, “For Our Grandchildren” has been quietly making the rounds urging reform — or at least a conversation. To that end, they sent this letter to every Member of Congress, seeking “an end to the demagoguery” and an agreement “to candidly and honestly discuss Social Security’s challenges.” In the letter, they quote a USA Today piece by Sens. Kent Conrad (D-ND) and Lindsey Graham (R-SC) calling for a bipartisan solution to Social Security. We should note that For Our Grandchildren is headed by former Democratic Representatives Tim Penny and Charlie Stenholm. This is no right-wing conspiracy.
Each letter came along with this pledge, entitled, “A Promise to Our Children and Grandchildren.” It commits the signer “to work toward a bipartisan solution to strengthen Social Security for the long term by putting aside partisan politics and seeking common ground.”
Now who could be against that?
Glad you asked. Reps. Charlie Rangel (D-NY) and Sander Levin (D-MI) sent around this letter in response to For Our Grandchildren’s olive branch appeal. It is a partisan screed, blasting the group as “pro-privatization,” and noting “The appearance of this pledge and its carefully-veiled language, shows that the privatizers haven’t given up.” Ick. What a way to wreck a perfectly good bipartisan buzz — before it even got started. Wonder what their solution is? How ’bout we scare the old people? Find a system that works, stick with it.
So call your Representative and Senators and ask them if they received the pledge. If not, fax them another copy, and ask them if they’re willing to sign it, thereby committing to work toward a bipartisan solution to Social Security’s long-term solvency.
If they’re not willing to sign a simple bi-partisan pledge, maybe you should make sure they have lots of time off after Election Day to think about it.
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