Statement of Congressman Sherman
Washington, D.C. - Congressman Brad Sherman (D-CA) released the following statement on President Bush's inaugural address today:
"During the campaign, the President gave us the rhetoric of General George Patton. In his inaugural address, he gave us the oratory of Jimmy Carter. Perhaps the policies of President Carter will follow.
"I strained to see President Carter's face as President Bush crystallized the theme of his address stating: 'We will encourage reform in other governments by making clear that success in our relations will require the decent treatment of their own people. America's belief in human dignity will guide our policies'.
"On domestic issues, President Bush seemed to equate ending slavery with ending Social Security as we know it. I would respond:
"It's a cold day in Washington. It will be a cold day in Hell before we privatize Social Security."