Representative Tom Davis
(R) of Virginia has been hovering around the edges of the Conscience Caucus for some time. We <$NoAd$>may even reevaluate his status. He hasn't so much expressed reservations on policy grounds. But he's close to a go-to-guy for the press when they want a quote from a Republican saying that privatization could be a disaster for the GOP.
Back on the 19th he told
the LA Times
: "The situation is fluid, but it has the potential to blow up. I'm going to keep my mouth shut." For which you can at least give him credit for a level of candor.
Here's a bit of an article
that appeared yesterday in a local paper ...
"As a practical matter, 2018 is a tipping point," [Davis] said. "You don't want to be there because you'll be cutting education and defense. Every year you wait, it becomes a little tougher."
Davis said he is not sure about private accounts, though he said they do not help the program's solvency.
Ideally, he would like to avoid raising taxes to pay for social security and would also like to avoid cutting future benefits as well.
"I've got a healthy dose of skepticism," he said. "But I applaud the president for identifying the problems with the program."
Sounds like he's kind of on the fence.
We note that Davis is having townhall meetings tomorrow
around the district -- in Falls Church, Fairfax and Prince William.
And these folks are holding a rally
to greet him in Fairfax and ask him to stand up against phasing out Social Security.