June 16, 2005
Cut and Run
I'm enormously disturbed to hear that the GOP is looking for an exit strategy on Social Security. This sort of abandonment of Social Security could let it fall to AARP. Indeed, a reverse domino effect could take place, as liberal pressure groups sense weakness, judge the administration a paper tiger unwilling to take electoral casualties, and begin pushing for a massive expansion of the welfare state.
First Social Security, tomorrow the minimum wage, Monday universal day care, and next month, single-payer. The thought makes me shudder. Moreover, this essential willingness to abandon our nation's pension programs to those who seek to perpetuate our way of life proves the essential lack of seriousness conservatives bring to domestic policy. All of us who understand that Social Security is, as President Bush said, the foremost threat to our national economy realize that his absence of leadership on the issue betrays a willingness to abandon the country's best interest in pursuit of partisan gain.
The seniors, it seems, have already won.
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Is this The Onion or is it Fafblog? Or have you joined forces with the Dark Side (Sith Rove)?
Posted by: pgl | Jun 16, 2005 1:25:19 PM
Why do the seniors hate America!?
Posted by: Ali | Jun 16, 2005 1:49:06 PM
Attacking AARP may have been the most politically stupid act this administration has committed.
Nice to see grass-roots politics is still alive and well.
Posted by: urizon | Jun 16, 2005 2:13:56 PM
Now it is the "Dems are the problem" issue for the 2006 election....
Posted by: donna | Jun 16, 2005 2:24:57 PM
We need to destroy this retirement village in order to save it.
Posted by: SamAm | Jun 16, 2005 3:21:53 PM
Sometimes my snark detector gets jammed and I take these kind of comments as sincere - since snark is often so close to reality that it is plausible commentary - so I always appreciate bloggers who settle their intentions for me by ending their posts with [/snark]. So please......consider this for the future.
Posted by: JimPortlandOR | Jun 16, 2005 4:15:03 PM
I know how it is, Jim -- I'm pretty bad at picking these things up myself. Once my roommate's girlfriend was staying with some of our friends, and she claimed that they would smear her body with peanut butter at night and make her sleep in between them while they ate it off her. I told my roommate, "Dude, you've got to do something about that!" He thought I was just playing along, when I actually totally bought it.
Posted by: Neil the Ethical Werewolf | Jun 16, 2005 5:44:14 PM
can we send this to our local newspapers? Just to see if they print it.
Posted by: Craig | Jun 16, 2005 6:46:32 PM
I'm afraid the right wingnuts may quote it as an admission of not being able to trust liberals.
Jimportlandor may be right. Ending with snark would make it impossible for them to quote it with impunity.
Posted by: mpower1952 | Jun 16, 2005 8:50:45 PM
Hey Ezra, you're hot hot hot.
Posted by: E&R | Jun 17, 2005 12:10:20 AM
This the draft for a cautionary tale at Little Green Footballs ?
Posted by: opit | Jun 17, 2005 12:36:47 AM
It sure doesn't sound from like he's looking for an exit judging from this article from CBS News.
Posted by: Horatio | Jun 17, 2005 10:29:30 AM
Bush threw a Privatization Party and assumed that all the Kool Kidz would come, and more importantly stay. But a lot of people stopped in, grabbed a beer and sampled the dip and then realized both were stale dated and started slipping out the exits. The success of Bush's Party (in both senses) relies on people believing that the Privatization Bash is the place to be.
More and more Bush is getting "Hey great party, but I got other places to stop. See you in the mid-terms!!" Because if you are interested in keeping your status as a Kool Kid you don't want to be associated with losers.
Bush can't look for an exit, he can only brave it out and hope that a bunch of people will just show up right around midnight and really rock the house.
Back in the day I gave parties and the trick was always to hold the initial guests until the party achieved critical mass and took off on its own. But either way if you are holding it in your apartment you are stuck with the cleanup. Bush is looking at a big bowl of brown stuff and simply hoping someone left bean dip.
Posted by: Bruce Webb | Jun 17, 2005 1:30:10 PM
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