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March 22, 2005

You Say Tomato, I Say Tomahto

The New York Times has a surprisingly good article on the war of words in the Social Security debate. Is it privatization? Personal accounts? Private accounts? Or the Republican term du jour, "voluntary personal retirement accounts"? I'd have liked a bit more history of the term privatization, and I'd have really liked for this article to have hit two months ago, but it's pretty good nonetheless. And, any piece that starts with an anecdote like this gets my love:

Mr. Bush complained last week that " 'privatization' is a trick word," intended to "scare people." Senator Harry Reid of Nevada, the Democratic leader, interrupted a news conference to correct a reporter who asked about "personal" accounts.

"It's 'privatization,' " Mr. Reid said, adding that "personal accounts" was "the Republican term."

I just love seeing Reid prove he knows how to play this game. And it's kinda funny to watch the press corps get batted around, their own fetish for politician-dictated objectivity being used to confuse and browbeat them.

ALso, the Times seems to have ignored it, but you guys had some pretty good naming
ideas a few months back...

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"Privateer accounts."

Posted by: Brad Plumer | Mar 22, 2005 1:07:00 PM

I love the debate about add-ons v. carve-outs. Add-ons are nothing more than choice. But the GOP opposes choice unless it is choice combined with a partial stealing of your money - the combination being carve-outs. We Democrats are not opposed to choice - just theft. Let's see if George Will & David Brooks can even follow this simple logic.

Posted by: pgl | Mar 22, 2005 3:10:35 PM

I must have missed the renaming session. Something along the lines of J. Wellington Wimpy ("I'll payy you Tuesday for a hamburger today") or maybe it's let me trade you a ten-spot for that $20 bill. After all, 'choice' makes you better off.

Posted by: pgl | Mar 22, 2005 3:15:58 PM

I'm still holding out for voluntary personal retirement account program related activities.

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