Pat Meehan Aligns Campaign With Another Leading Proponent of Privatizing Social Security
Springfield, PA – Pat Meehan campaigned with yet another elected official who supports the privatization of Social Security, raising more questions about where he stands on investing the retirement savings of Seniors in the stock market. Yesterday, Eric Cantor, one of the most vocal supporters of former President Bush’s plans to privatize Social Security, was the featured guest at a fundraiser for Meehan in Philadelphia.
Meehan has been actively courting the support of politicians and groups that want to privatize or eliminate Social Security for months. In August, Majority Leader John Boehner, another proponent of privatization who has also called for raising the nation’s retirement age, raised money for Meehan at a breakfast and golf fundraiser and for months Meehan has been attending Tea Party rallies whose members repeatedly call for the repeal of Social Security and Medicare and to declare the programs unconstitutional.
Cantor has long been a supporter of risking Social Security funds in the stock market and the Wall Street bankers who benefit if the nation’s retirement savings are given to their firms. The Wall Street Journal earlier this year documented that Cantor is reaching out to Wall Street as a key source of fund raising for the Republican Party, and as far back as 2001 Cantor wrote a letter to a Presidential Commission calling for the privatization of Social Security.
“If Pat Meehan is building his whole campaign on the support of right wing politicians like Eric Cantor, John Boehner and organizations like the Tea Party that want to make radical changes to Social Security how can he possibly claim that he does not share their views?” asked Kevin McTigue, campaign manager for Bryan Lentz, the Democratic nominee for Congress in Pennsylvania’s 7th Congressional District.
Pat Meehan’s defense of the safety net programs for our Seniors has been weak in recent public appearances. At a Tea Party rally in Phoenixville earlier this month when asked if he supported privatization of Social Security or raising the retirement age both times Meehan responded “not at this time,” begging the question, what he will support in the days ahead, McTigue added.
Bryan Lentz has been a vocal supporter of maintaining the nation’s safety net for Seniors throughout his campaign for Congress, and last monght received the endorsement of The National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare from a representative of that organization at a town hall forum he held for Seniors.
“It doesn’t matter where I’m speaking or who I’m speaking with, I’m not afraid to say where I stand on Medicare or Social Security,” Lentz said. “Medicare and Social Security are an important part of the safety net we’ve set up to make sure that Seniors can enjoy their retirement without fears that they are one illness away from being bankrupt. It’s a commitment we’ve made to our Seniors I intend to keep.”
A former Airborne Ranger, criminal prosecutor and Iraq War veteran, Bryan Lentz currently serves in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives from Delaware County. He was awarded both the Bronze Star for Service and the War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal for his military service. He lives in Swarthmore with his wife Jennifer and their son Thomas.