Wednesday, March 02, 2005

Acts of desperation on Social Security

This is pathetic. DeLay is going after AARP, just a year after the 35 million member organization gave the GOP a big endorsement on Bush's Medicare plan. I'm sure this is going down real well with those GOP members representing "marginal" districts that could go Democratic next time.

Republicans attacked the AARP as well as congressional Democrats on Wednesday as they struggled to build momentum behind President Bush's call for personal investment accounts under Social Security.

The AARP, which claims 35 million members age 50 and over, is "against a solution that hasn't been written yet," said House Majority Leader Tom DeLay after a closed-door meeting with the GOP rank and file.

He called the group's opposition to personal accounts irresponsible and hypothetical, adding that it sells mutual funds to its own membership.

A spokeswoman for the organization had no immediate comment.

DeLay and Speaker Dennis Hastert also criticized congressional Democrats, who are virtually united in opposition to Bush's plans. "The party of no," Hastert called them.

(From the AP.)

The GOP is grasping at straws. Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-TN) calls for a vote next year. Senator Charles Grassley (R-IA) says maybe private accounts will have to be dropped. DeLay criticizes other GOP members for not holding enough town hall meetings.

Someone check to see if the wheels are still on the bus.

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