Friday, July 22, 2005

Mama Bush Pitches Social Security

Bush's Social Security reform plans have fallen by the wayside. Bush has had very little success in promoting his plans. His approval ratings have plummeted and there is a wealth of mounting detractors for the Bush agenda. But, of course that doesn't stop Bush from seeking to control his agenda and he's on the road again, with Mama Bush at his side, promoting Social Security reform to invitation only audiences.

Calling his mother, Barbara Bush, "my favorite senior citizen," Bush said that the new prescription drug program under Medicare — which takes effect in January — would benefit nearly every one who signed up.

Bush's trip came the same week in which House and Senate leaders threw in the towel on trying to get committee action on the legislation before the August congressional recess.

They cited the press of other business, including energy legislation and a Central American free trade pact. But Bush's plan faced solid Democratic opposition and a substantial amount of GOP skepticism.

Can Mommy Dearest save the day for Bush's Social Security plan, let alone rescue him from his sliding approval ratings? Personally, I think the ship is sinking...


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