Namely, the Social Security reform proposed by President Bush, who seems to be taking No Child Left Behind literally.
The battle over Social Security has been joined by an unusual lobbyist, a 9-year-old from Texas who has agreed to travel supporting President Bush's proposal.
The boy, Noah McCullough, made a splash with his encyclopedic command of presidential history, earning five appearances on the "Tonight" show and some unusual experiences in the presidential campaign last year. He beat Howard Dean in a trivia contest at the Democratic National Convention and wrote for his local newspaper about his trip to see the inauguration.
"He's very patriotic and very Republican," said Noah's mother, Donna McCullough, a former teacher and self-described Democrat. "It's the way he was born."
In a sign of how far groups go to carry their message on Social Security, Progress for America has signed up Noah, a fourth grader, as a volunteer spokesman. He starts on spring break from James Williams Elementary School in Katy, Tex.
Noah will travel to a handful of states ahead of visits by the president and will go on radio programs, answer trivia questions and say a few words about Social Security. Though he is obviously not an expert (and not really a lobbyist, either), officials say the effort is a lighthearted way to underline Mr. Bush's message.
"What I want to tell people about Social Security is to not be afraid of the new plan," Noah said. "It may be a change, but it's a good change."
Noah plans to run for the White House in 2032 - and he wants Social Security addressed before then.
"It will be bankrupt when I'm president," he said.
(Hat tip Blogenlust.)
Aren’t there child labor laws to prevent this kind of thing? Yeesh.
I don’t want to get my hopes up here, but this really, truly seems indicative of a desperation reserved for policy proposals that are ready for the graveyard. It’s kind of like when sitcoms bring in a cute kid in season 7 to try to liven things up, you know it’s Next Stop: Cancellationville.
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