Tuesday, April 12, 2005


Bamboozlepalooza tour coming to NE Ohio

So far, we are unable to find confirmation at the White House or U.S. Treasury web sites, but the Dispatch today reports that Pres. Bush is coming into Ohio this Friday, April 15. As always, the public sure-as-hell ain't invited:
President Bush will be pitching his Social Security plan in Ohio on Friday, but at least one group plans to offer a rebuttal.

The president will be holding an invitation-only roundtable to discuss his plan to overhaul Social Security at Lakeland Community College in Kirtland, the White House announced yesterday.
This is U.S. Rep. Steve LaTourette's district. As we have noted, LaTourette has apparently not endorsed any of the Bush plan and has kept a low profile in his district on this issues, so it will be interesting to see if he has a scheduling conflict like some others have had. There is no note of the Bush visit on LaTourette's web site (actually, most of his links don't work). We'll be watching for his response.

The group that the articles says will "offer a rebuttal" is Americans United to Protect Social Security
A newly formed Ohio chapter of Americans United to Protect Social Security plans to be on hand, said Tom Powell-Bullock, the chapter’s communications director.

Campaign officials say they plan to spend up to $500,000 in Ohio attempting to persuade the state’s congressional delegation to oppose Bush’s plan.

The national organization is a consortium of labor unions and other Democratic-leaning groups that oppose Bush’s Social Security plan, charging private accounts would undermine the system.
AUPS is a group initiated by the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) and the AFL-CIO.


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