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August 2, 2006

Kick Us Out of Office, Pretty Please

They're really asking for it.

Says House Majority Leader John Boehner:

Q: Where does Social Security reform stand?

A: I just met with Congressman [Frank R. Wolf, Virginia Republican], a few minutes ago with his SAFE Commission [formed to fix the entitlement programs]. In 1990 when I first ran for Congress, I talked about the need to reform these big entitlement programs because the sooner we began the process, the easier it would be to make the necessary changes so that these programs were sustainable for the long term. … If I’m around in a leadership role come January, we’re going to get serious about this.
Don't bet on it, Mr. Tan Man.

And says Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson:

Although his two predecessors were carried off the field after bruising political battles, new Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson said Tuesday that he won't shy from the fight to overhaul Social Security.

"I have always tried to live by the philosophy that when there is a big problem that needs fixing, you should run towards it, rather than away from it," Paulson told the Columbia University business school, his first speech since taking office on July 10. Read full text of Paulson's prepared remarks.
Oh yeah? If you're serious about not shying away from problems, why not address the issue of the budget deficit first, a much bigger and more serious problem exacerbated by Bush's wanton spending and ridiculous tax cuts? Then again, you're no more than a glorified cheerleader just like John Snow before you; I wouldn't be surprised if you go on the Social Security bamboozlement tour like he did.

These guys are so wrapped up in pushing the official Bush agenda -- and make no mistake, they never took privatization off the table --they just ignore the will of the American people who strongly oppose their plan to destroy Social Security by gutting its guaranteed benefit feature through privatization.

I'm not sure what crazy game they're playing this time. A show of false bravado? A "privatization or bust" death wish? Because if they keep talking about privatization like this before the elections, the electorate would be more than happy to hand them their heads on a silver platter come November.

posted at 7:55 PM by Wonky Muse

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