Group Pickets Saxton's Office

Privatization of Social Security Opposed

CourierPostOnline — Friday, May 20, 2005


MOUNT HOLLY — A consumer advocacy group on Thursday organized a protest against the Bush administration's proposal to let workers use part of their Social Security funds for personal investment accounts.

Supporters of New Jersey Citizen Action picketed at lunchtime outside the office of U.S. Rep. Jim Saxton, R-Mount Holly, urging him to oppose what they called Social Security privatization and to meet the group in a public forum on the issue.

About 17 demonstrators chanted, "We want a new deal – not Bush's raw deal" below Saxton's third-floor office window at Washington House on High Street. Some motorists honked their horns in agreement.

"Mr. Bush is trying to use scare tactics - just like he has done with the war in Iraq - to say we need (Social Security) privatization now when insolvency isn't projected until 2048," said Chuck Van Artsdalen, 45, of Marlton, a member of United Food and Commercial Workers Local 1360, Berlin Township.

Citizen Action says it has 60,000 members and 100 affiliate organizations like the Burlington County Central Labor Council.

Saxton spokesman Jeff Sagnip said the congressman would consider the meeting request.

Saxton has taken no stand on Social Security reform but says he wants people 55 and older to be exempt from change.

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