Monday, September 11, 2006

Weekday Roundup

This and that from the Murphy campaign:

More national pundits are taking notice of the increasingly competitive fifth district race. The National Journal's updated House rankings put the Murphy-Johnson race as the 20th most competitive in the country. That's up nine spots from their last rankings. This comes in addition to last week's Washington Post ranking which put the race at 15th in the country. Virtually every credible prognosticator now recognizes the incredible vulnerability of Nancy Johnson this November.

In another instance of what's at stake in this race, President Bush announced that he hopes to revisit the issue of privatizing social security following the November elections. Nancy Johnson is a strong proponent of privatizing social security. Chris Murphy issued the following statement in response to Bush's announcement and Johnson's support of privatization:
President Bush knows his friends in Congress, including Nancy Johnson, are in trouble, so he says he is waiting until after the November election to take another crack at dismantling Social Security by privatizing the program. Nancy Johnson must be relieved to learn that she won't have to carry the President'’s water on privatizing Social Security before the election, as she has on so many other issues recently. Nancy Johnson has made it clear she supports President Bush'’s goal to privatize Social Security. The President'’s remarks make it clear a vote for Nancy Johnson is a vote to privatize Social Security in January. The push for "‘private accounts" is the first stage in the wholesale privatization of Social Security, and Nancy Johnson has fallen in lock step with President Bush and the rest of the Republican Congress on this issue, as she has on so many others. When I get to Congress, I will fight the President'’s plans to privatize Social Security. We cannot gamble with our seniors' futures.

Murphy also recently unveiled his education plan. Murphy views investing in education as one of the most important jobs of the federal government. Nancy Johnson's record indicates she does not share that belief. During her current term in office, Johnson has voted to cut $2.2 billion from the Department of Education, $57 million from Head Start, and $806 million from No Child Left Behind. Even worse, Nancy Johnson cast the deciding vote for the largest cut to student aid in history, slashing $12.7 billion in funding for students. Apparently, Nancy doesn't think getting an affordable education is all that important. To read Chris Murphy's plan to reform education click here.

And finally, check out the next two installments of Murphy's "41 Towns in 41 Days" tour. The first comes from Murphy's hometown of Cheshire and the second is from Sherman.


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