US - American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) president Gerald McEntee has accused Republicans of having the wrong priorities on social security.
McEntee made the statement in response to an earlier announcement by House Ways and Means Social Security Subcommittee chairman Rep. Jim McCrery that social security privatisation will be a priority for a Republican-led Congress in 2007.
McEntee said: McCrery’s comments confirmed the Republican-led Congress had the wrong priorities,” and added:
When it comes to social security privatisation, the American public has spoken and Congress needs to listen.”
“President Bush's 2005 push for Social Security privatisation fell flat — people saw through his rhetoric and understood that his risky plan would cut guaranteed benefits, saddle future generations with debt and open the system up to Enron-like corruption and greed.”
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