Republicans Issue 'Obstructionist Forecast' Targeting Dems

By Susan Jones | July 7, 2008 | 8:31 PM EDT

( - Republicans say the political forecast calls for more Democratic obstruction on Social Security.

On Sunday, three days after President Bush offered more suggestions on reforming Social Security, Democrats continued attacking the president while refusing to offer any ideas of their own, the Republican National Committee said in a press release.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) "seems to have more of an appetite for partisan politicking than substantive policy solutions," said RNC Press Secretary Tracey Schmitt, pointing to Pelosi's appearance on one of the Sunday morning talk shows.

When George Stephanopoulos, host of ABC's "This Week," told Pelosi that "so far the Democrats have not offered anything," Rep. Pelosi responded, "It's not a question of doing nothing. Democrats are -- have a vision to save Social Security first."

"But nobody has seen it," Stephanopoulos replied.

Pelosi called President Bush's proposals "an assault on the middle class."

Fox News's Chris Wallace told Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), "I haven't heard a single idea of yours as to how to fix Social Security."

Leahy told Wallace that President Bush has refused to negotiate on any of his proposals: "He said he wants privatization and very large cuts for the working middle class," Leahy said on Fox News Sunday.

The RNC said even the Washington Post has criticized the Democrats' refusal to discuss Social Security.

In a May 1 editorial, the newspaper said, "For the past three months, Democrats have declined to engage in a debate over Social Security." The editorial said President Bush, in his April 28 news conference, "took a first step toward offering such a plan," adding, "It is time for Democrats to reciprocate."

At his April 28 prime-time news conference, President Bush said he favors a sliding-scale plan that would provide "more generous benefits for low-income retirees." He also said younger workers must have the option of investing some of their payroll taxes in "voluntary personal retirement accounts."

For months, President Bush has urged Democrats to join him in fixing a retirement system that eventually will fail younger workers unless something is done. He has urged people in both parties to bring their ideas to the table.

"Social Security is too important for politics as usual," he said at last week's news conference.

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