Friday, February 4

PANIC-STRICKEN HOUSE REPUBLICANS BALKING AT BUSH'S SOCIAL SECURITY PLAN

Whatever did we work so hard for to gain control of the Congress and the White House, if House and Senate Republican leadership is going to turn pusillanimous and join their Democratic colleagues in rejecting out of hand President Bush's proposed revisions in the Roosevelt-era Social Security Program. Rather than staying the course, it appears they're already cutting and running. The only strains of Bush's "ownership society" in evidence in Congress at this juncture appear to be how firmly each member is clinging tenaciously to the back of his or her own seat. For Bush to have a chance in hell of succeeding, he'll have to press forward and go directly to the American people and particularly those under age 55, for whom Social Security may be, under the present program, a pipe dream absent a thorough overhaul.