Wednesday, January 12, 2005

How to win on Social Security without even trying

Bush has already started ramping up his Social Security "reform" rhetoric. You know what that means... we're going to invade Iraq! Wait, we've already done that. I guess that means we're going to make major bonehead moves to gut a system that is running just fine based on misleading evidence and outright lies.

According to the LAT, the president told one 27 year old at his Social Security event, "At your age [Social Security] will be bust by the time it comes for you to retire." And then later, "If you're 20 years old, in your mid-20s, and you're beginning to work, I want you to think about a Social Security system that will be flat bust, bankrupt, unless the United States Congress has got the willingness to act now."
Well I'm reassured. Josh Marshall does a great job of debunking all of this rhetoric in this post. The point is, we have got to be vocal on this one. With Iraq, we knew the evidence was made up but we could never be quite sure that Saddam wasn't crazy enough to have WMD and that Bush was crazy enough to lead us into another Vietnam. Well the evidence is non-existent for a SS "crisis" and we know Bush is fucking nuts, so let's keep this one from going through. We've got to call him on every lie, every "exaggeration", every misleading quote. I don't think the press will want to get duped again, either (except maybe the Washington Post editorial board. They're begging for it). If we paint him as the serial exaggerator on this, we could cripple the rest of his presidency. He could be a lame duck who cant get anything accomplished because, all of a sudden, he has no "political capital" to spend.

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