The War Over Social Security

Is it just me or does it seem like the “Democratic establishment” is a little bit late to the game on this one?

At the urging of Democratic leaders in Congress, a few political campaign veterans have formed Americans United to Protect Social Security. The nonprofit organization with close ties to organized labor plans to raise $25 million to $50 million to pressure lawmakers to vote against Bush’s proposal.

“At Americans United to Protect Social Security, we are going to run a national campaign to defeat the president’s privatization plan,” said Brad Woodhouse, the group’s spokesman and the former communications director of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee. “The president and his supporters in Congress are messing with the third rail [of politics]; we’re going to make sure they get zapped.”

The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees provided seed money of nearly $1 million. Other major players in the coalition include the AFL-CIO; USAction, a grass-roots issues network; and the Campaign for America’s Future, an activist group that pushes issues from the perspective of the political left.

It has been almost two months since the folks over at BlogPAC put together a team to take on the issue of Social Security, what took our leaders in Congress so long to figure it out? In my opinion, if the Democratic party wants to win back control of Congress in 2006 we need to be able to move a little more swiftly than this. Maybe I should make this suggestion to Howard?

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