INTRO: As was reported yesterday, the Florida Consumer action Network has, in cooperation with various labor and retirement groups, banded together to form the group, Floridians United to Protect Social Security, and is endeavoring to hear as many voices throughout Florida concerning the Presidents proposal to change Social Security. In Port Richey today, the group met with about forty retired members of UNITE textile workers, and others, to hear stories and ideas relating to the Presidents proposed changes to Social Security. WMNF’s Mark Antokas was there and files this report. ROLL TAPE: “Were Americans, we have a wonderful country…..�

SCRIPT: That was Rose Hinckley, the president of the Pasco County Ladies Democratic Club, and she, along with about forty members of the UNITE Retiree Club, chapter no. 11, gathered to discuss the Presidents plan to gut the most popular entitlement program in the history of this nation. FCAN, the AFL-CIO, AFSCME, and others gathered together to form the group, Floridians Untied to protect Social Security, a twenty million dollar National Campaign to defeat President Bush’s privatazation plan. 23-year-old Elizabeth Lundholm, a college student from Michigan, and a volunteer for FCAN, was at the meeting as a representative of her age group, opposed to privatazation efforts. Lundholm agrees that some upwardly mobile young people are interested only in themselves. Roll Tape:

The group, which gathered at the Knights of Columbus hall, was made up mainly of older retired workers. Roll Tape:

In a conversation this morning with Philip Compton, the program director for Florida Consumer Action Network, WMNF had an opportunity to understand what Floridians United was all about. Philip Compton: Roll Tape:

SOCK OUT: During today’s meeting, issues ranging from the stock market crash of 1929 and the ensuing depression, which followed, kept being brought up. Other issues such as Medicare, the deficit, and the war in Iraq also played a part in the discussion. All those present had little good to say of changing the way Social Security works. You can reach Phil Compton at philafcan.org with any social security story or question you may have. This is Mark Antokas, for WMNF, radio news

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