Feel the pain – Bush backs down on Social Security accounts
Doofus-in-Chief’s support of Sen. Bob Bennett‘s proposal shows he knows his Social Security destruction plan is dead in the water.
The Chimperor has no clothes, and his booty has been kicked till it hurts. Has this story gotten much play? I haven’t heard a peep on any newschannels about it this AM. Maybe his pathetic, staged road shows will finally come to an end, now that he is backing a bill that doesn’t include his private investment accounts. The people have spoken you bastard. What it also says is that the Dems, when they actually stick to a opposition game plan, can actually accomplish something.
President Bush encouraged a Republican senator on Tuesday to offer Social Security legislation that would not include private investment accounts. The White House said the president still was committed to allowing workers to invest part of their Social Security taxes.
Bush’s nod to Utah Sen. Bob Bennett’s plan comes as public polls show that most Americans do not support the president’s handling of the Social Security issue. Congress has been deadlocked on it.
…”He indicated that I should go forward and do that,” Bennett said. “And I’m grateful to have him do that even though his own preference would be to have personal accounts included.”
…”This in no way should be interpreted to mean that the president is backing off of personal accounts,” White House spokesman Trent Duffy said. “He is not.” [Translation: “I f*cked up.”]
Since the beginning of his second term, Bush has been pushing to allow younger workers to create voluntary personal accounts funded out of their Social Security payroll taxes. Democrats accuse the White House of seeking to privatize the Depression-era program and have been unified in opposition to the idea.
…Bennett said some Democrats have told him privately that they would support such a bill, but he is not sure how many will be on board publicly now that he’s introducing the legislation. He said he is looking for Democrats to co-sponsor the bill, but he didn’t have any to announce Tuesday.
“We’ve had a lot of interest,” he said. “We have a lot of hope that we can use this bill to break the logjam and move forward on Social Security. We’ll find out in the weeks to come.”
Bennett said when he told Bush of his plans, “He just said, ‘I like your bill.’ Period.”
The Freepi are writhing in pain right now, hahahahahaha…
“I give up. I just give up…..”
“It would appear that he’s backing down. I’ll wait for more details before I get too upset, but this looks like a loss for us.”
“Might be better to just give up on ‘reform’ entirely until the next election, rather than have some RINOs and Dems hijack it to raise taxes without personal accounts.”
“This Bush list of downsides just keeps growing. A President with a MANDATE, a majority in the House and Senate, and he gives away the store — WHY? — just so he can say he ‘passed a SS bill’???? Is the legacy all that America is about now?”
“It would appear that we’re entering the “lipstick on the pig” phase of Mr. Bush’s vaunted SS reform. Another collapse.”
“What a sissy. I see the Presidential spine and testicle removal operation was a success.”
“Looks like a train wreck is about to happen!!”
“I see the bluest of the blue blood conservatives(i.e malcontents) are licking up the liberal media spin. I give up, you all are hopeless.”
“Hey, while I like the guy, W has been very disappointing at times as a leader. He obviously can’t get what he wants out of his own Republican Congress. Somebody buy this man a veto pen. Maybe if someone believed he would actually veto a bill, he might have more bargaining power.”
“Will you people show some stones once in a while – This is called moving the pendulum slowly in our direction. And we will have private accounts (of 2%) by the time GWB leaves office in 2008 – And in the end game that is the bottom line. GWB wants private accounts before he leaves office.”
“This has to be a record for lame duck status. 5 months? Amazing….”
“Somebody buy this man a veto pen. There are too many domestic issues he is failing on. It is a crappy situation when the House and Senate are so closely divided. The RINOs should be hung and replaced — blackball their butts. Unity of purpose is a BIG problem the GOP has.”
“Is it just me, or does it feel like the Democrats are in charge?”
“Bush will sign anything to make it look like he’s doing something, when in fact, he’s doing nothing.”
“He’s no Ronald Reagan who did more with a RAT enabled Congress. I hope people stop the comparisons now.”
“Unity of purpose is a BIG problem the GOP has. This always happens to the party in power. They get fat and happy and feel free to spin off on their own personal tangents. I’m a bit surprised to see it happen to the Republicans quite so quickly, however.”
“Hopefully he’ll fold on his Mexican amnesty plan as fast as he folded on this.”