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Saturday, December 18, 2004



Senator Gordon H. Smith (R)
On the Fence - "Recognizes the need for some
kind of reform, but has not decided on either the measure or the depth of the
fix required" (Thanks to Mark B.)

Senator Ron Wyden (D)
Strongly Against - "He believes the health care crisis
is far more pressing than any in Social Security." (Thanks to Mark B.)


1 David Wu (D)

2 Greg Walden (R)

3 Earl Blumenauer (D)

4 Peter A. DeFazio (D)

5 Darlene Hooley (D)


Blogger Chris Andersen said...

Good to hear that Smith is on the fence. This should be a clue to Democrats that the Republicans are NOT united in the need for fundamental Social Security reform. If the Democrats can remain united in opposition to that reform than there is a real chance that the Republican coalition can be broken.

It's also good, but not unexpected that Wyden is against it. But he should alter his language to avoid giving ANY weight to the suggestion that there is a crisis in Social Security. He is right that Health Care is in much greater need than fixing. But the statement listed here still gives weight to the idea that there is a Social Security crisis, just not as bad as the Health Care crisis (which really IS a crisis).

Our mantra should be that "Social Security is the most successful government program ever instituted and is as healthy today as it has ever been."

Learn it by heart and repeat it as often as is necessary.

December 21, 2004 at 12:38 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The only reason that Senator Gordon H. Smith and other Republicans in Oregon might be on the fence is that they haven't been told to step forward. Smith cares about Smith. He has political ambitions and will spin the party line when he's told to do it. He has personal wealth. He doesn't relate to Social safety nets nor does he understand how actions affect others around you. Just review the family's Food processing plant history. Smith will spin out his own brand of obedience when the Administration snaps its fingers.

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