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Jolly’s Key Debate Moment: Social Security ‘Not Guaranteed’

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Washington Lobbyist David Jolly made a stunning revelation tonight in the FL-13 Congressional debate about his world view: that Social Security is not guaranteed, and he wouldn’t protect the benefits for everyone. Video of his admission is available here

Instead, Jolly outlined an agenda that would cut Social Security benefits, even for those who have paid into the system. Jolly has already said there is “a lot of good” in the Republican Ryan budget that would end the Medicare guarantee.

In fact, as a lobbyist, David Jolly advocated for an extreme group led by a supporter of privatizing Social Security, and said “everything should be on the table” when it comes to Social Security reform. 

  • Tampa Bay Times: “A 2009 lobbying disclosure report indicates David Jolly worked on Social Security reform on behalf of a conservative interest whose CEO expressed support for privatizing accounts.”
  • Tampa Bay Times: On Social Security, Lobbyist Jolly says “Everything should be on the table, including private accounts.”
  • Tampa Bay Times’ Daniel Ruth: “…Jolly had registered as a lobbyist for offshore oil drilling interests and a group that wants to privatize Social Security. But if Jolly is to be believed, he has carved out a unique lobbying specialty of getting hired by offshore oil drilling supporters and Social Security reformers precisely not to lobby on those issues. Is Washington not a great city of opportunity?”