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Jan 12, 2012

Barletta Endorses Santorum and His Extreme Agenda to End Medicare and Privatize Social Security

Congressman Lou Barletta (PA-11) announced today that he has endorsed Rick Santorum for President. Santorum is running on a platform of ending Medicare and privatizing Social Security, the same agenda that Congressman Barletta has pushed throughout his time in Congress.  Congressman Barletta and the Republican Congress are the most unpopular in history, after they repeatedly voted to end Medicare while protecting tax breaks for Big Oil and blocking any efforts to help improve the economy.   

 

Congressman Lou Barletta already voted to end Medicare and now is endorsing the Presidential candidacy of long time Social Security privatization advocate Rick Santorum,” said Josh Schwerin, Northeast Regional Press Secretary at the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.  “Congressman Barletta has consistently staked out an extreme position against the best interests of Pennsylvania seniors, and his endorsement of Rick Santorum is just another insult on top of the injuries his votes to end Medicare have already inflicted.”

 

Background:

 

Santorum Announced Presidential Bid; Touted Support for Privatizing Social Security. On June 6, 2011, Rick Santorum appeared on ABC’s Good Morning America. In addition to announcing his bid for the presidency on the program, Santorum touted his position in favor of privatizing Social Security. “In 2006, I think by everybody’s estimation, was a pretty bad time for a Republican, and particularly for a conservative in states like Pennsylvania. And I stood up and I didn’t back away. I didn’t back down on trying to reform the Social Security system. President Bush, you know, went out after the 2004 election, said ‘we’ve gotta do something because Social Security’s unsustainable.’ In an election year, I went out on the floor of the United States Senate with Jim DeMint and started arguing for reforming Social Security. Not even Paul Ryan in his budget now, in the face of trillions of dollars of deficits currently, had the temerity to step forward and say we have to do Social Security.” [ABC News, 6/06/11]

 

Barletta Supported Privatizing Social Security.  In 2002, the Morning Call reported that “Barletta believes the solution to Social Security's long-term financial problems starts with allowing taxpayers not yet near retirement age to establish what he calls personal savings accounts that they could invest in bonds or money market funds. The accounts would be funded with nearly a third of the payroll taxes employees now pay to fund the Social Security system.” The article noted that “similar plans have long been referred to as privatization or partial privatization.”  [Allentown Morning Call, 11/03/02]

 

Santorum: Ryan Plan to End Medicare Doesn’t Go Far Enough. In June 2011, Santorum told a conservative website, “I support in principle what Paul Ryan is suggesting. The only concern I have is I don’t think Paul Ryan goes far enough.”  [newsmax.com, 6/20/11]

 

Barletta Voted to End Medicare. On April 15, 2011, Barletta voted for the Republican budget plan authored by Rep. Paul Ryan. According to the Wall Street Journal, Ryan’s plan “would essentially end Medicare.”  [H Con. Res. 34, Vote #277, 4/15/11; Wall Street Journal4/4/11]

 

Barletta Took $17,500 From Santorum And His PAC. Between 2002 and 2010, Barletta took $17,000 from Santorum’s PAC America’s Foundation. On October 25, 2008, Santorum made a $500 personal contribution to Barletta. [FEC, accessed 6/07/11; Lou Barletta for Congress, 2008 Post General Report, filed 12/03/08]

 

Santorum Organized $30,000 Fundraiser For 2002 Barletta Run. According to the Times-Leader, in June 2002, Santorum sponsored a DC fundraiser for Barletta’s congressional campaign that raised $30,000. [Times-Leader, 6/19/02]