Friday, March 04, 2005

Sure he's not scared

The NY Times this morning has an interesting article about Bush acknowledging that private accounts are an uphill battle, but not dead in the water. But I think he's betrayed himself with the way his guys have handled Frist and Grassley. Grassley in particular, because he definitely said somethig taht would have brought Democrats to the table at least, but he was totally rebuked by the administrationBut later Thursday, Mr. Grassley issued a statement suggesting he was not breaking ranks with the administration, declaring, "Personal accounts are still on the table along with all the other ideas to strengthen Social Security."And that was just for talking about improving the fiscal health of Social Security and admitting private accounts don't do anything to help. This is the chink in the armor people. These kinds of actions are those of desperate people. I know, look at pissed I got at Joe Lieberman just for talking to another senator. They really want to win but the wind is against them and there is nothing they can do about it. I don't think it really matters how much money they spend. You can fool some of the people some of the time, but you can't fool all of the people all of the time. They've been trying to fool all of the people and it looks like it may have come back to bite them. I also want to point out this Post editorial. These guys have consistently referred to private accounts as a good thing, and it just ticks me off. Today's editorial uses the phrase "sweetener to help the medicine of benefit cuts go down." For the love of... and I don't even know where they get the idea that private accounts will happen at all, let alone without huge cuts in benefits. Are we even talking about the same Social Security debate?

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