Count Chocola thought his past would never catch up with him.
But he didn't count on TPM Reader BB!
A month ago we put out <$NoAd$> word that there was a bounty of a brand new 'Privatize This' TPM Shirt for that intrepid supporter of Social Security who could find us the original paper copy of the October 8th, 2000 Elkhart Truth in which Rep. Chris Chocola (R) of Indiana not only proclaimed his support for President Bush's privatization plan but insisted that that still wasn't enough to slake his thirst for private accounts.
"Bush's plan of individual investment of 2 percent of the money is a start," crowed the Count. "Eventually, I'd like to see the entire system privatized."
As we've now chronicled in what is likely painful detail, Rep. Chocola has since denied ever supporting any sort of privatization, let alone the total privatization he longed for in 2000. He has even gone so far as to demand that ads which use the quote above be removed from the airwaves.
In any case, like a treasured bootleg of Dylan touring with the Hawks in 1966 or an early blue movie of some rising starlet, everyone knows the goods are out there. And yet actually getting your hands on a copy is no mean proposition. But thanks to BB, we've got a copy of the original, a small portion of which you can see for yourself on the right.