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Wednesday, March 16, 2005
We pulled one over on them
Senator Bill Nelson pulled a really neat trick in the Senate yesterday. He got a vote on an amendment regarding social security, the entirety of which reads as follows:
It is the sense of the Senate that Congress should reject any Social Security plan that requires deep benefit cuts or a massive increase in debt.
The brilliant part is that he got 5 Republicans to vote "Yea" with all the Democrats and independent Jeffords. And the trick is that now 50 Republicans are on record as saying they support a plan requiring DEEP benefit cuts or MASSIVE new debt.
Democrats should absolutely hammer Republicans on this in 2006. There should be ads and talking points galore on this, even after the Republicans have lost the social security fight. Here are the ones up for re-election in 2006: Allen, George VA Burns, Conrad MT Chafee, Lincoln RI Ensign, John NV Hatch, Orrin UT Hutchison, Kay Bailey TX Kyl, Jon AZ Lott, Trent MS Lugar, Richard IN Santorum, Rick PA Talent, Jim MO Thomas, Craig WY