Better Late Than Never
Longtime readers know that I’m not what you’d call a “fan” of my Congressman, Rep. Jim Moran (D-VA). So I wasn’t surprised when he started waffling in the face of President Bush’s drive to unhinge Social Security.
Now, though, he seems to have finally discovered his backbone:
Raw Story’s John Byrne: What did you think about the Social Security plan President Bush proposed last night?
Rep. Jim Moran (D-VA): I don’t think there’s much reason to get upset or excited about this plan. The problem with President Bush’s overall plan is that he still wants to create private accounts and in doing so takes about a trillion dollars out of the trust fund over the first ten years and five trillion over 20 years. I’m not sure how the indexing of benefits helps the situation — that may restore some of the cost; to some extent he’s trying to solve a problem he’s created…
Raw Story: Do you really think the president is sheltered from those he’s pitching his plan to?
Moran: The only actual news that he reads is the sports section. All the national news, all the opinions that he gets have been filtered, and it goes to his daily briefing that has already been pre-screened to give him what he wants to read. He doesn’t read any books, and he doesn’t talk with people that don’t already agree with him. He’s surrounded himself with ideological sycophants. And the biggest ass-kisser of all is Dick Cheney.
Would have been nice for this to happen a few months ago, but better late than never, I suppose. Here’s hoping we don’t see him back at the Waffle House anytime soon.