Thursday, January 27, 2005

Bush Comming To Montana Soon

Right after the February 2 State of the Union speech where he will undoubtedly tell even bigger and more fanciful lies than the ones that plunged us into Iraqmire.

How do I know this? I know because Josh Marshall points to this Bloomberg link and mentions an AP article that is not linked yet.

And the Associated Press picks up from there ...

Conrad said Wednesday that he has already being heavily lobbied: Treasury Secretary John Snow phoned to talk Social Security; the director of the Office of Management and Budget, Josh Bolten, came to visit; and breakfast is scheduled next week with Senate Finance Committee Chairman Charles Grassley, R-Iowa.

"If this is just one of those things where the president says, It's my way or the highway ... I can't be for that," Conrad said. But he added: "I think there is a kernel of a good idea in creating accounts that individuals can control."

He said he wants Social Security addressed along with tax reform, long-term care and the solvency of Medicare -- big issues in their own right -- and he said he opposes borrowing large sums to pay for the private accounts, which many think will be necessary.

The backstory here, of course, is the four-state campaign swing President Bush is planning right after the State of the Union, to two states represented by senators from the Fainthearted Faction (Arkansas and North Dakota) and two (Florida and Montana) with senators who have been holding firm.

More soon ...
-- Josh Marshall

Senators Bauchus and Burns, Please don't sell us out again.
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