McCain Offers Top Social Security ‘Privatization’ Advocate As Surrogate

Our guest blogger is Robert Gordon, Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress Action Fund.

Today, the McCain campaign is putting forward economist Martin Feldstein as a surrogate.

Feldstein is widely acknowledged as the “chief intellectual force behind privatization” of Social Security. That’s Feldstein’s own term. He wrote “The Case for Privatization” and “Privatizing Social Security: The Ten Trillion Dollar Opportunity.”

McCain personally endorsed Bush’s privatization plans as recently as March, but yesterday, he said “there is nothing I would demand” in a Social Security package and even said that tax increases are not “off the table.”

“Social Security privatization may be another example of the McCain campaign’s private agenda — the agenda the campaign keeps to itself.