Thursday, February 3


They're beginning to sound a lot like "the opposition party":

Reid pledged to work with the president "when we believe the president is on the right track…. But when he gets off track, we will be there to hold him accountable."
Reid likened Bush's speech to the movie "Groundhog Day" — "the same old ideology that we've heard before, over and over and over again."

And Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California said: "When it came to specifics of a domestic program, they just weren't there."
"I had no idea W stood for Wall Street," said Rep. Louise McIntosh Slaughter of New York.

Sen. Charles Schumer, also of New York, declared: "We will not allow the president to play retirement roulette and turn Social Security into social insecurity."

Rep. John D. Dingell of Michigan said that Bush's Social Security proposal reminded him of "that New Coke from the 1980s — the name on the can was the same, but nobody could stomach what was inside."
"President Bush delivered a speech with lots of applause lines, but I wonder how much applause he would have gotten had he mentioned the true costs of his policies," said Rep. Charles B. Rangel of New York, senior Democrat on the House Ways and Means Committee, which will write Social Security legislation.

Reid equated Bush's proposal to "taking Social Security's guarantee and gambling with it … and that's coming from a senator who represents Las Vegas."


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