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Bush Changing Social Security Tactics-Is Beginning to Attack Democrats
 


17 June 2005 at 9:07:59 AM
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The travesty of Bush spending tax payer dollars criss-crossing the country to hold invitation only meetings with supporters, while stacking the stage with rehearsed sycophants, is growing worse. Instead of Bush listening to the public and dropping his plan to gut social security by using private accounts, which is highly unpopular, he stubbornly has forged ahead with what Bloomberg News calls a "faltering" campaign. Bush's reaction to the public dislike and disinterest? Attack the Democrats for being obstructionists; Democrats have said they will support plans in the public interest that don't include privitization. That's not being obstructionist, that's setting a boundary for further discussion.

Going further, if Democrats are obstructionists, it's because they need to be to put a stop to the crazed policies that the far right-wingers have been pushing through-gutting programs to help the poor and middle class, sending citizens to a war that was started on false premises, and in this case, preventing Bush from destroying the social security insurance program that is supposed to act as a safety net for the unfortunate. Those are moral Christian values and it's only right that the opposite be obstructed.

President George W. Bush is trying to salvage his faltering campaign for private Social Security accounts by accusing Democrats of obstructionism while searching for a compromise that can win approval in Congress.

The shift of tactics reflects the public disapproval and congressional reluctance that Bush faces even after a costly four- month, nationwide effort to sell the proposal, his top domestic priority. ....

Bush kept criticism of skeptical lawmakers to a minimum as he crisscrossed the U.S. promoting his proposal to let workers younger than 55 divert as much as a third of payroll taxes to government administered investment accounts. Now the president plans to step up his attacks on Democratic leaders while folding his Social Security pitch into speeches on the economy, the war in Iraq and other topics, according to a White House aide who spoke on condition of anonymity.

`Nothing Except Obstruction'

The new tactic was on display June 14 in a speech at a Republican fund-raiser in Washington, where Bush warned Democratic leaders they will pay a political price for refusing to negotiate.

``On issue after issue they stand for nothing except obstruction,'' he said. ``Political parties that choose the path of obstruction will not gain the trust of the American people.''

The comment marks a shift in approach, said Sylvester Schieber, a Republican consultant who has advised the White House and helped Bush promote his plan. ``It's clearly a different rhetorical track,'' said Schieber. ``It's the next part of the unfolding strategy.''


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