Chalabi in hot water again?
Chalabi in hot water again?
Rep. Sherry Boehlert (R) of New York gettin' his card punched in the Conscience Caucus.
No article. But Boehlert was on local NPR station WAMC yesterday and he went out of his way to distance himself from the president.
Among other things, said Boehlert: "Iâve never been a gambler â¦ I donât want to gamble with Social Security trust fund moneys. And so I am very, very skeptical of the so-called plans to privatize. And I think a disservice is being done to a great many Americans by sort of sounding the alarm that everythingâs going to hell in a hand basket and weâre going to be broke by 2018. That simply is not so."
Click here to listen to the segment -- advance to 16:30 in the interview.
Katherine Harris too?
She may have stopped a free and <$NoAd$>fair election from taking place in Florida four years ago. But that isn't stopping Rep. Katherine Harris (R) of Florida for signing up for the Conscience Caucus.
From Bloomberg News ...
Republican House members such as Katherine Harris of Florida, Candice Miller of Michigan and Shelley Moore Capito of West Virginia have expressed reservations about Bush's proposal to partially privatize Social Security by establishing personal investment accounts.
"I'm not sure I've heard a solution I've agreed with,'' said Harris, who as Florida's secretary of state played a central role in the vote-counting dispute in 2000 with her interpretation of the state's election laws. Harris, who was elected to the House in 2002, said last year she opposed creating the private accounts unless future benefits are guaranteed.
Harris, who represents a district that contains one of the oldest populations in the U.S., said she was taking seniors' concerns into account. "I have a very close personal working relationship with the AARP,'' said Harris, who voted in favor of Bush proposals 94 percent of the time in 2004.
During the 2004 campaign, Harris responded to an AARP questionnaire issued to Florida candidates by saying she ``opposes creating private individual accounts out of Social Security unless she can be assured that Social Security benefits will not be compromised in the future.''
From taxes to Social Security to the war in Iraq, Montana's congressional delegates are ready to scrutinize President Bush's second-term agenda - and their take is not always what you'd think.
U.S. Rep. Denny Rehberg, Montana's sole House member and a Republican, says he's a long way from feeling comfortable about "privatizing" or allowing "personal accounts" with Social Security funds, as suggested by the president.
"I haven't seen anything I can support yet," he says.
As we told you earlier today, even though Karl Rove has been telling Republicans for two years to stop using the word "privatization" and to try to bully reporters out of using the word, like every other Republican until about two years ago, "privatization" was always his word of choice to describe a private-accounts-based Social Security phase-out plan.
At Rove's prompting, President Bush tried to pull this trick when Washington Post reporters asked him about "privatization" during a recent sit-down interview. Unfortunately for the president, Mike Allen had found several instances where President had used the word himself as recently as last year.
Let's be frank about what this is all about. Turning Social Security into a private accounts system has always been called 'privatization'. It was the privatizers' word of choice. That is, until they did some polling in 2002 and found out that using that word made their phase-out plan very unpopular. So, not only did they decide to stop using the word themselves, which is fair enough, they decided to try to stop anyone else from using it to describe their plan.
Here's the passage from the Bush interview ...
The Post: Will you talk to Senate Democrats about your privatization plan?
THE PRESIDENT: You mean, the personal savings accounts?
The Post: Yes, exactly. Scott has been --
THE PRESIDENT: We don't want to be editorializing, at least in the questions.
The Post: You used partial privatization yourself last year, sir.
THE PRESIDENT: Yes?
The Post: Yes, three times in one sentence. We had to figure this out, because we're in an argument with the RNC [Republican National Committee] about how we should actually word this. [Post staff writer] Mike Allen, the industrious Mike Allen, found it.
THE PRESIDENT: Allen did what now?
The Post: You used partial privatization.
THE PRESIDENT: I did, personally?
The Post: Right.
THE PRESIDENT: When?
The Post: To describe it.
THE PRESIDENT: When, when was it?
The Post: Mike said it was right around the election.
THE PRESIDENT: Seriously?
The Post: It was right around the election. We'll send it over.
THE PRESIDENT: I'm surprised. Maybe I did. It's amazing what happens when you're tired. Anyway, your question was? I'm sorry for interrupting.
The Post: So have you talked to Senate Democrats about this?
Lieberman about to leave the Faction?
We're getting a flurry of emails telling us that Sen. Lieberman just defended Social Security in an appearance on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.
Late Update: We continue to get live-on-the-scene reports from TPM readers across the country, all of whom provide rough approximations of what Lieberman said. Best email subject heading so far: "Joementum out of the Faction?"
Never too Late for Joe Update: TPM reader LS sends us what she describes as a TIVO-based transcript of the key words: "Lieberman: Social Security protection - don't fool around with it. It's probably the best thing the government has done in 100 years, getting senior citizens out of poverty - Stewart: You're not just saying that 'cuz you're getting older? Lieberman: (laughs) Yes that's one reason I'm saying it, but if we want to add some extra savings opportunities for baby boomers and those younger, let's find another way to do it without messing around with Social Security."
Seeing is believing: MediaMatters looks at inauguration coverage.
By the way, has anyone come up with a good Social Security Democrat to run against Rep. Allen Boyd next year? Certainly Florida's second district has someone willing to mix it up with this dastardly yellowbelly, right?