Friday, March 04, 2005

New Poll Finds Bush Priorities Are Out of Step With Americans

Well, lookie here. New Poll Finds Bush Priorities Are Out of Step With Americans

File Under:
Duh.
You Reap What You Sow.
The Chickens Have Come Home to Roost.
Look! It's Reality!
Americans say President Bush does not share the priorities of most of the country on either domestic or foreign issues, are increasingly resistant to his proposal to revamp Social Security and say they are uneasy with Mr. Bush's ability to make the right decisions about the retirement program, according to the latest New York Times/CBS News poll.

[...snip...]

On Social Security, 51 percent said permitting individuals to invest part of their Social Security taxes in private accounts, the centerpiece of Mr. Bush's plan, was a bad idea, even as a majority said they agreed with Mr. Bush that the program would become insolvent near the middle of the century if nothing was done. The number who thought private accounts were a bad idea jumped to 69 percent if respondents were told that the private accounts would result in a reduction in guaranteed benefits. And 45 percent said Mr. Bush's private account plan would actually weaken the economic underpinnings of the nation's retirement system.

Re: the emphasis, hmm. Seems that if you -- oh, I don't know -- give people information (!!!), they tend to think the preznit's "ideas" stink. Yep. They're a load of horseshit if anybody actually knows what's going on. Note to WH: more Newspeak. The proles are on to you.

In a sign of the political obstacles confronting the White House, a majority of those surveyed said they would support raising the amount of income subject to Social Security payroll tax above its current ceiling of $90,000, an idea floated by Mr. Bush but shot down by Republican Congressional leaders. Yet there is strong resistance to other options available to Mr. Bush and lawmakers to repair the system, in particular to raising the retirement age or making participation voluntary.

Such hackery! Such unmitigated hackery. Are raising the retirement age or making participation the ONLY options available to the preznit?? I think not. Oh, poor preznit. Blocked at all turns. Hey, I know! How about he offer a decent, judicious, prudent plan! Just one. Surely he can manage that.

Thankfully, people are somehow resisting the bullshit.
Notwithstanding Mr. Bush's argument that citizens should be given more control over their retirement savings, almost four out of five respondents said it was the government's responsibility to assure a decent standard of living for the elderly.

Dissents and Laments

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