BUSH IN TAMPA - Mitch Perry

02/01/05

As part of President Bush’s Campaign to allow a portion of worker’s payroll taxes for Social Security be put into privatized accounts, the President will travel to a number of cities across the Country on Thursday and Friday, culminating in a “discussion� at the Tampa Convention Center at 6PM on Friday evening.

The President’s plans to alter Social Security are alarming Seniors in particular, and with Florida home to 9 of the 10 congressional districts with the oldest populations – the President will certainly have to work on convincing Congressional Republicans in the state, -such as Ginny Brown Waite, Bill Young and Clay Shaw – as well as their constituents, about the benefits of privatization.

Now a coalition of liberal activist groups are preparing for the President’s visit.

Phil Compton is from the Florida Consumer Action Network in Tampa. He’s hoping to

Get as many people as possible together Friday afternoon at 4:30 in the afternoon to protest the President’s still unspecified proposals on Social Security, (roll tape#1 o.q.�

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Compton says Social Security Reform will affect everyone – not just seniors

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FCAN is coordinating with a host of other organizations for the rally Friday afternoon….Groups such as the AFL-CIO, ACORN and AFSCME are also scheduled to participate.

Although Democrats have been organizing in their opposition to any plans to privatize Social Security, critics say they have offered little in terms of what they think should be done for the Program, which will start collecting less money than it takes in at some point this century.

FCAN�s Phil Compton says that’s a fair point, but dismisses the idea of any crises in the system (roll tape#3 o.q.�a lot of assumptions�)

President Bush will hold a ‘conversation’ with 5 Floridians Friday night. The St. Petersburg Times reported today that employees at Raymond James were sent out last night soliciting volunteers to potentially participate in the meeting.

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