Carnival time at WILLisms.com, and Will Franklin has rounded up the usual suspects, covering some intriguing topics. Check 'em out.
On the other hand, Will will likely come up with something classy and relevent himself in response to this AP story: Bush Backs Soc. Sec. Bill Without Accounts. The AP writer seems almost gleeful in writing the misleading headline, which is immediately contradicted in the first paragraph.
President Bush encouraged a Republican senator on Tuesday to offer Social Security legislation that would not include private investment accounts. The White House said the president still was committed to allowing workers to invest part of their Social Security taxes.
If you don't believe that sentence, the writer continues.
Bennett said that during a luncheon with other Republican senators at the White House, he told the president of his plans to introduce the bill as early as next week.
"He indicated that I should go forward and do that," Bennett said. "And I'm grateful to have him do that even though his own preference would be to have personal accounts included."
The White House said the president is encouraging all members of Congress to offer their ideas to make the Social Security system solvent.
"This in no way should be interpreted to mean that the president is backing off of personal accounts," White House spokesman Trent Duffy said. "He is not."
So, obviously, President Bush has given up on private accounts, and wants someone to propose an alternative that bails him out.
Or, maybe he's just trying to create some momentum toward reform, creating a concensus to move ahead, then will work on getting the private accounts once that concensus has been reached. Given the statements in bold above I think that's far more likely.
In other Carnival news, check out the Carnival of Cluelessness at Right Wing Nut House. Very entertaining, in an 'Animal House' vs. 'On The Waterfront' kind of way.