Tuesday :: Apr 5, 2005

Rove to Democrats: No Compromise For You

by rayman

Hmmm...it appears that Karl Rove is signalling that Team Bush plans to stay the course on Social Security privatization, with no hint of a compromise with Congressional Democrats:

Private accounts must be part of any permanent Social Security fix, said Karl Rove, President George W. Bush's deputy chief of staff, expressing optimism Congress will end a partisan standoff and pass such a measure this year.

``The personal retirement account has to be part of the long- term solution,'' Rove, Bush's chief political and policy adviser, said in an interview in Washington yesterday. ``The public and Congress are becoming aware that it's a serious problem.''


Rove denied that Republican apprehension was any cause for serious concern. ``This is a big issue,'' he said. ``It's a big fundamental reform. It's vital to the country, and nothing ever comes easy.'' He pointed to initial reluctance in Congress to pass Bush's tax cuts, an education bill and a resolution authorizing the U.S. to invade Iraq.

``All of these things people have at one time or another thrown up their hands and said we're worried or concerned, but at the end of the day,'' it's an issue too important to ignore, he said.

Rove suggested that a middle ground, preferred by Democratic Senators Ben Nelson of Nebraska, Kent Conrad of North Dakota and Ron Wyden of Oregon, that includes adding private accounts created with funds outside the Social Security program, isn't acceptable as a long-term solution.

Set aside Rove's patented "confidence scheme" shtick, which is becoming increasingly hollow in the context of Social Security. Especially when you consider that Hastert, Frist, and Grassley have all hinted that, if they had their druthers, privatization would be off the table for the rest of this year. It's tough to tell at this point whether Rove's hubris is catching up to him (that is, his single-minded determination to establish Bush's "legacy"), or whether he's setting the stage for a last-minute bait-and-switch. Right now, I'd lean towards the former, but we can't rule out an oh-so-magnanimous "compromise" in the offing.

Via Raw Story.

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