NU Online News Service, Feb. 24, 2005, 11:33 a.m. EST

AARP, Washington, will send members to 4 congressional district offices in New York state Friday to protest the Bush administration Social Security proposal.[@@]

The group says New York AARP members will be traveling to the district offices of Reps. Peter King, D-Massapequa; John McHugh, R-Watertown; John Sweeney, R-Clifton Park; and James Walsh, R-Syracuse.

AARP members will protest efforts to create private Social Security accounts and give lawmakers 4-legged stools to represent what AARP calls the “4 pillars of a secure retirement.”

The pillars are earnings, pension and savings, health insurance and Social Security, AARP says.

AARP says the stools will carry the message, “Strengthen it. Don’t Destroy it. No Private Accounts Carved Out of Social Security!”