Congressman Berry Reacts to State of Union Address

February 2, 2005--Posted at 11:03 p.m. CST

WASHINTON, D.C.-- U.S. 1st District Congressman Marion Berry said he was disappointed in President Bush's State of the Union address and his stated desire to cut Social Security Benefits and plunge the nation deeper into debt.

Berry, a Democrat, said it's a plan that simply won't work without leading to an economic disaster. "He's talking about adding $6,000,000,000,000 to the national debt over the next 20 years," said Berry. "Just the interest on that additional $6,000,000,000,000 alone is what our young people will have to pay in the time to come. You can't be a free nation and be broke and you can't have a successful economy and be bankrupt. I don't think he's being straight forward with the American people. I think it's a betrayal of our trust."

Berry went on to say that the President's lack of details on his plan to privatize Social Security are creating great concern with many members of Congress.