- The Washington Times - Friday, October 6, 2006

Cameo Chris

That’s comedian Robin Williams, along with film producer Barry Levinson, visiting the campus of Georgetown University today to talk with MSNBC’s Chris Matthews about their new political comedy, “Man of the Year.”

As you might have seen in the previews, Mr. Matthews has a cameo role in the film, which has Mr. Williams’ goofy character actually getting elected president of the United States. (Wonder where they came up with that idea?)

Today’s interview, which will air Wednesday and include questions from Georgetown students, kicks off the “Hardball College Tour” leading up to next month’s pivotal midterm elections. Next stop: Iowa State University, where Sen. John McCain, Arizona Republican, will be stumping for support.

Show me loaves

“Look, if George W. Bush and his Republican cronies walked on water, I’d be the guy out there yelling that they couldn’t swim.”

—Democratic strategist James Carville, opining this week on the foreign policy failures of the Bush administration

Penny saved?

“Doing nothing is not an option,” former Rep. Tim Penny, Minnesota Democrat, tells Inside the Beltway in a telephone interview.

“Ours is a proposal and promise to do something: to protect future generations,” he explains.

So this week, congressional candidates across the country received “A Promise to Our Children and Grandchildren,” sent by For Our Grandchildren, a Social Security education project that Mr. Penny helps lead. It asks elected officials and congressional candidates to sign a pledge to work toward securing Social Security for today’s constituents and future generations in an “honest, bipartisan” fashion.

“Social Security faces serious financial challenges in the years ahead, and absent structural reforms, our children will inherit a tremendous tax burden and a government unable to respond to other priorities,” said former Rep. Charlie Stenholm, Texas Democrat and national spokesman for For Our Grandchildren.

The Government Accountability Office warns that annual payroll tax revenues will not fully cover Social Security benefits beyond 2017. And how are the nation’s elected officials reacting?

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