AOL Poll:Today's headlines won't help:
How satisfied are you with what Bush said during his press conference?
Not at all 64%
How would you rate Bush's overall job performance?
Total Votes: 108,354
Note on Poll Results
Do you understand Bush's Social Security plan?
Do you support it?
Total Votes: 65,440
Do you understand Bush's energy plan?
Do you support it?
Total Votes: 64,753
Do you approve of Bush's handling of Iraq?
Do you approve of Bush's handling of the economy?
Total Votes: 67,538
Bush Cites Plan That Would Cut Social Security BenefitsWhile the Bush is trying to push the idea that his latest Social Security plan would hit "wealthier income" this paragraph from the NYT is more truthful:
New York Times
Bush Social Security Plan Would Cut Future Benefits
Bush: Rein in Social Security
Bush backs sliding scale
Social Security benefits to well-off would be cut back
Under the proposal, first developed by Robert C. Pozen, an investment executive, benefit cuts would be imposed gradually on future retirees. The cuts would fall most heavily on people at upper income levels. The cuts would be less, but still substantial, for middle-income workers. Low-income people would suffer no benefit cut at all. Politically, the plan has the advantage, in the White House's view, of being attractive to moderate Democrats by making the system more progressive. (emphasis added)Or as Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) put it on CNN last night, if you retire with an income of $60,000, you would get a 40% cut in benefits.
That's hardly what most people would consider "wealthy" which is the way that the Repugs are going to try to spin this.
But as the above poll shows, it looks like the American public simply isn't going to buy it.
Give it up, Bush -- you aren't fooling anyone but yourself and those who have drunk most deeply from the bottomless pitcher of Kool-Aid.