As millions of Americans prepare to contact their US representatives in defense of Social Security, we in Virginia’s 9th Congressional District found our task remarkably easy. In opening remarks for his constituent town hall Saturday morning, U.S. Rep. Rick Boucher (D-VA) cut to the chase concerning privatization:
I can state my views very simply: I'm against it, he said.
The crowd of 100, including 10 local Democracy for Virginia members, gave him rousing applause. The Fightin’ 9th, which Boucher noted has the 9th most Social Security recipients and the 7th highest percentage of elderly citizens of any congressional district in the nation, isn’t swallowing Bush privatization snake oil.
One lone supporter of privatization turned out to be part of an out-of-town front group, revealed Richmond Times Dispatch staff writer, Rex Bowman, in an article on Sunday.
Promoting the Bush privatization scheme, the groups’ members fan out to hundreds of public meetings. Bowman writes:
Outside the meeting room, Lewis described himself as a Bush supporter who belongs to a group whose members have attended hundreds of public meetings to support the administration's Social Security plan. He said he appreciated the openness of Boucher's town-hall gathering, despite the comments of the man who sat in front of him.
"Democracy is a wonderful thing, and I appreciate him offering me an opportunity to state my opinion," Lewis said.
The visitor worked the press and the Congressional staffer with ease, which tipped off the DFA contingent he was a pro. And the sharply dressed man with his Fix Social Security Now button contrasted sharply with locals wearing jeans and sneakers. But perhaps most telling was this lone supporter’s reason for wanting privatization: He wanted to inherit his Dad’s Social Security.