We see people like Bolton and Negroponte recycled mainly because the Republican bench is so thin, more than ideology. You keep a hack joke like John Snow in office because you can't get anyone reputable to do the job. The Republican Party is running on empty in terms of new talent.
I do not understand why, at a time when the government is running $500 billion deficits, the national debt is ballooning, and the US $ is falling in currency markets, you give such priority to solving an imaginary crisis in Social Security that will not even theoretically occur for another forty years.
Given the abdication of fiscal responsibility by the Republican Party, the top priority for Democrats and responsible Republicans should be adjustments in upper bracket tax rates to bring government spending and revenue into balance.
Reid has rightly insisted on Bush's abandonment of private accounts as a price for coming to the table.
I would go further: suspension of all future Bush tax cuts and repeal of those for the highest earners in the interest of balancing the budge and alleviating the pressure on entitlement programs. If he does not want to play, than he has to live with having his nose rubbed in it.
The American people quite clearly perceive that this is not a problem that needs to be taken care of this year. The Dems are right to oppose SS reform, and should try to change the subject to the real problem-Bush's tax cuts and fiscal recklessness.
wish he would appreciate the way our own democracy is being debased at home by his anti-democratic party. And he is kidding himself if he thinks democracy is going to lead to a reduced terror threat, as Richard Clarke has pointed out recently in NYT.
Note the article in the NYT Sunday (business section) in which it is noted that pension funds are starting to become disillusioned with over-reliance on investing in stocks, and are moving assets out. So why should be doing just the opposite in Social Security?
for Negroponte to assume responsibility for catching all terrorists, since he, as a major architect of the Iraq war that turned Iraq into a terrorist assembly line, is responsible for generating so many new ones.
This confirms my belief that Frist (and Bush) simply do not think things through. Senate comity and bipartisanship are important to Social Security legislation, and if you piss the Dems off and cause them to bring Senate business to a stop, you say goodbye to your major domestic invitiative. All for the sake of 10 extremist, yahoo judges when you have gotten your way 98% of the time.