TITLE

Rebel in the Ranks

AUTHOR(S)
Calabresi, Massimo; Bacon Jr., Perry; Cooper, Matthew; Dickerson, John F.; Tumulty, Karen
PUB. DATE
January 2005
SOURCE
Time;1/31/2005, Vol. 165 Issue 5, p41
SOURCE TYPE
Periodical
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
This article looks at Bill Thomas and his attack on the Social Security plan proposed by President George W. Bush. Thomas has unhorsed more than a few people in his 27 years in Congress. Speaking two days before Bush's Inauguration, Thomas dismissed the central part of Bush's proposal for reforming Social Security, saying personal-investment accounts "don't really solve the problem." He then tossed a few political bombs, musing that Congress might link retirement benefits to gender because women live longer than men, or might let blue-collar workers retire earlier because "there are certain occupations in which you're pretty used up by 65." He rounded out his comments by declaring that the politics of the House and Senate would soon render the President's plan a "dead horse" even before Bush announces its details. Thomas is not just another colorful character on the Hill; he is the most important player on Social Security in the House. As Ways and Means chairman, Thomas has a huge say in how the government gets the billions it needs for its programs.
ACCESSION #
15790673

 

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