Strickland set to discuss Social Security

Published 12:00 am Monday, February 28, 2005

The Social Security reforms proposed by President Bush have been a hot topic in Washington as well as the nation.

U.S. Rep. Ted Strickland (D-Ohio) will visit the Park Avenue Apartments in Ironton Thursday evening for a town hall meeting to discuss changes to the system.

President Bush has proposed sweeping changes to Social Security, primarily allowing workers to place one-third of their payments to Social Security into a private account which can be used to purchase stocks and bonds. Strickland has made no effort to hide his opposition to the President's plan.

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"The President would have America believe that the Social Security system faces a crisis that can only be solved through privatization," Strickland said recently. "Well, it's time for some straight talk: there is no crisis, and any challenges facing the Social Security system in the long-run can be fixed with modest adjustments."

The meeting will be from 6 to 8 p.m. at Park Avenue Apartments at 202 S. 2nd St., in Ironton.