Rear Window Ethics Rear Window Ethics: DeLay Joins Social Security Tour

Tuesday, April 26, 2005

DeLay Joins Social Security Tour

CRAWFORD, Texas (AP) -- President Bush is adding a helper to his Social Security road tour: House Majority Leader Tom DeLay, who is facing allegations of ethical improprieties but is seen by the White House as crucial to pushing Bush's plans through Congress.

In Galveston, Texas, on Tuesday, Bush was discussing his proposal to add private investment accounts to Social Security. DeLay was scheduled to attend the event with the president and, along with a few other Republican members of Congress from Texas, fly back to Washington with him on Air Force One.
I don't quite understand this move by the Bush administration. This is either just a way of showing support for DeLay without expending any real effort, or it's a new phase in the administration's promotion of privatization.

Perhaps, with the photos of DeLay and the President pitching privatization, they're hoping for Americans to draw a visual conclusion: "Let us put your money in your own private accounts, or else this guy will use it to fly overseas on a luxurious trip with his family and lobbyist friends."

CNN: Bush adds DeLay to Social Security tour