Tuesday, May 02, 2006

Bush works his magic with Social Security.

Bush often says the right things. The problem is, once it's out of his mouth, the idea goes right along with it.

The Bush Administration owes it's past popularity to good sound bites and well set up photo ops. Even they knew that if they relied on the record or their job performance, they'd be sunk.

Once again we have the President saying the right thing, and once again the results didn't live up to the sound bite.

"The job of a president," George W. Bush used to say almost daily during the
2004 campaign, "is to confront problems, not to pass them on to future
presidents and future generations."

And this isn't even about the deficit.

Astute observers may have noticed he's been saying that a bit less frequently
these days. Yesterday showed why.

The president was over at the Washington Hilton, speaking to the American
Hospital Association about his Medicare Modernization Act of 2003. "When I came
into office I found a Medicare program that was outdated," he announced. Seeing
this "not very cost-effective" program, he continued, "I decided to do something
about it. And I worked with the Congress, and we passed critical legislation
that modernizes Medicare."

An hour after Bush finished his speech, Treasury Secretary John W. Snow
kicked off a news conference announcing the latest on Medicare's financial
standing. The "modernized," cost-effective program is forecast to go belly-up in
2018 -- two years earlier than previously forecast.

And still a third of the people in this country think he's doing a good job.

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John Stuart Mill (May 20 1806 – May 8 1873)