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Press Release

    Florida FreedomWorks Attends Townhall Meetings on Social Security

    09/20/2005

    On Aug 23 Representative Adam Putnam (R) and Representative Jim Davis (D),
    both from the West Central Florida area held a moderated debate on Social
    Security. Emerge Tampa, a young professional association, sponsored the
    event to help bring more clarity to the issue for those under 40 years of
    age.

    Congressman Putnam did an outstanding job of explaining the structural and
    systemic problems associated with the current system. He additionally
    brought into focus, for the young professionals, the need to find a solution
    to the solvency issue, not a band-aid.

    Explaining the current problems while addressing the need for Personal
    Accounts was a major theme for the young Congressman. He affirmed his
    support for PRA's and clearly showed how several of the plans can get us
    down the right path to solvency while providing the necessary individual
    ownership of accounts.

    Congressman Davis, ignoring his previous Hyde Park Declaration support, has
    made a 180 degree turn on the issue. Davis expressed concerns over the
    deficit considerations while ignoring the true long-term issues that are far
    greater than the near term issues related to the budget.

    Nevertheless, it was apparent to nearly all in attendance that Putnam had a
    positive understanding and was well versed on the subject of PRA's and
    Social Security Reform overall. It turned into a very educational program
    for the attendees on the two sides demonstrated by Putnam and Davis, though
    it might have been the first time anyone had actually heard a detailed
    exchange on the subject from the left side of the aisle.

    FreedomWorks was represented by several local volunteers, including Pam
    Hill, John Hendrix, Dave Winterbauer and Tom Gaitens. The FreedomWorks
    Shirts are appearing in as many Social Security functions as the Rainbow Man
    in his John 3:16 shirt did at sports events in the 1980's.

    Congressman Putnam was thankful of FreedomWorks participation and asked us to keep up
    the heat. He feels confident that our time is now, and that our window of
    opportunity is now. With a second term President and a Vice President who
    likely will not seek the nomination, we have a unique opportunity to address
    this issue now, before it is too late to control and contain the cost
    ratios.