March 22, 2005


McCain trumpets Bush Social Security plan (JENNIFER LOVEN, March 21, 2005, AP)

President Bush and Sen. John McCain put on another showing Tuesday of their good-cop, bad-cop routine on Social Security, trying to prod Democrats into cooperating with rather than opposing the president's drive to create private accounts within the system.

Bush emphasized the positive, continuing to assure current and near-retirees their benefits would not change under his plan and promising that credit would be duly shared if Washington politicians can come together to fix Social Security's long-term fiscal ills.

"Bring your ideas forward, please," the president told a mostly darkened auditorium here. "If we're going to solve this problem, it's not going to be a Republican idea or a Democratic idea. It's going to be an American idea."

McCain, after speaking glowingly of "the pride I feel in this president," had a less conciliatory message for Democrats in Congress, whom he accused of being obstructionist and shortsighted.

"Some of our friends who are opposing this idea say, 'Oh, you don't have to worry until 2042.' We wait until 2042 when we stop paying people Social Security? That's not what this is all about," he said. "Please urge our Democrat friends to come to the table and sit with us and do this for the greater good of the United States of America. ... This issue isn't shouldn't have anything to do with partisan politics."

He also aimed some of his "straight talk" at AARP, the powerful lobby for older citizens that opposes Bush's plan to allow younger workers to divert a portion of their Social Security payroll taxes into personal accounts that could be invested in the stock market in trade for reduced guaranteed benefits.

Suddenly the MSM and Democrats are having second thoughts about their making Mr. McCain out to be a non-partisan saint. He'll run on this in '08 if it doesn't get done now.

Posted by Orrin Judd at March 22, 2005 4:53 PM

If SS Reform doesn't happen by '08, and McCain runs on it, I'll take back everything I've ever said about the man and drink whatever koolaid he offers.

Posted by: Timothy at March 22, 2005 5:32 PM

OK, I'm for McCain now. Of course that is this week. With him you never know what's going to happen next.

(wish he could send a message of supporting conservative Judges)

Posted by: h-man at March 22, 2005 5:36 PM

mccain could win in '08 if he can get his wife ship shape, and stop trying to be the democrats friend.


Posted by: cjm at March 22, 2005 5:37 PM


If McCain and Giuliani are the ticket, we'll be fed a steady diet of vindictive ex-wives through the election campaign.

The AARP is the perfect next 'Great White Whale' for McCain to aim his harpoon at.

Posted by: bart at March 22, 2005 5:49 PM

Given the demographics of AZ, this means he's willing to forego his Senate seat for his Presidential ambitions.

Posted by: ghostcat at March 22, 2005 7:08 PM

He just got reelected in '004, so running for Pres. in '008 is perfect timeing. Besides, he's learned the lessons of Kerry and Dole, and will resign once the nomination is his. Why worry about risking his tenure for a job he may want to retire from anyhow?

He knows that he's not going to have another chance to run in '012. And by '016, people may vote for the non-GOP candidate (even a Dem, if they haven't gone the way of the Whigs and Federalists) just for the change.

Posted by: Raoul Ortega at March 22, 2005 7:50 PM

I saw another article this morning listing McCain as undecided on the nuclear option. If I can find it, I will send it on to OJ. He can forget about the nomination if he doesn't help get Bush's judges through the Senate. He can mend a lot of fences if he takes a leading role.

Posted by: Dan at March 23, 2005 10:23 AM

The Definition of Hypocrisy

Are we really supposed to believe that the Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act has taken the special interest money out of politics and that the new bankruptcy law is in the best interest of all Americans and not mostly the financial segment?

If people who exercised poor judgment or experienced unforeseen tragedy are not to have access to the escape valve of declaring bankruptcy then why should baby boomers permit President Bush to increase the retirement age for full benefits, reduce payments and push for privatization?

If the federal government exercised poor judgment by creating the 3rd rail of American politics and embracing the new world order, why should the baby boomer generation grant debt relief by accpeting reduced benefits and increased retirement age for full benefits. What’s good for the goose etc?

When I was a young man the US was the world’s richest and most productive nation and the dollar was backed by bullion. Since then, federal politicians have hocked America, off shored most manufacturing and the US is now the world’s biggest debtor nation.

Today a 1965 dollar is worth $5.81 fiat dollars. On a personal level this means my best paying job was as a drugstore clerk in high school. I would have to make $20.33 an hour in 2005 dollars to enjoy the same purchasing power today. If social security benefits were based on the purchasing power of payroll dollars they were deducted from, I would have a wonderfulretirement!

The federal government is the biggest debtor in the world and relies on a regular infusion of foreign capital to support deficit spending. Recently foreign countries threatened to with hold their investment but Korea and China bailed the US out for now. Also, the American dollar is being challenged as the world key currency (for oil trades) by the Euro. If the dollar loses key currency status American will have to declare bankruptcy.

This is the definition of hypocrisy. We the people receive 5 pre-approved credit card offers a week and when we do what the Federal Government does .. oh well someone has to pay and it is always us!

Posted by: Ben DoubleCrossed at March 23, 2005 11:43 AM