Rep. Rothman's Town Hall Meetings Show Widespread Opposition To President Bush's Plan to Privatize Social Security
March 31, 2005
Virtually No Support For Bush's Proposal Expressed at Forums in Bergen & Hudson Counties -
(Hackensack) - A series of four town hall meetings convened by Congressman Steven R. Rothman (D-Fair Lawn) this week in Bergen and Hudson Counties provided powerful evidence of the widespread and heart-felt opposition among northern New Jersey residents to President Bush's proposal to privatize Social Security.
"I found it remarkable that not one of my constituents appeared at any of my four Social Security town hall meetings to express support for the President's Social Security privatization plan," said Representative Rothman, now serving his fifth term in Congress. "The residents of New Jersey's Ninth Congressional District have a loud and clear message for President Bush on his plan for partial privatization of Social Security: 'we're not buying it.' They're telling me in no uncertain terms: 'don't destroy Social Security by privatizing it; just make the changes necessary to keep it going as it is,'" said Representative Rothman.
"They want the President to take his Social Security privatization plan off the table and then call Republicans and Democrats together to make reasonable adjustments to the existing program - just as Presidents Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush did - to keep guaranteed retirement and disability benefits secure for future generations. It's clear that voters understand that the President's plan would cut all retirees' benefits, add trillions of dollars to our national debt, and force millions of poor seniors to risk their meager retirement benefits on the whims of the stock market," said Congressman Rothman. "The vast majority of my constituents are opposed to the President's proposal."
BREAK IN TRANSCRIPT