Thursday, February 10, 2005

Alpo Accounts: Republicans now trying to compromise 

No, they're not destructionist....

A senior House Republican with long experience in Social Security matters outlined legislation Thursday that jettisons two controversial elements in President Bush's plan in an attempt to court Democratic support.

"I think politically it's the most salable," Rep. Clay Shaw, R-Fla., said of his alternative, although he conceded neither the White House, the House GOP leadership in the House nor any Democrat has yet to lend backing.
(via AP)

I guess I'm still just a bit confused, here.

Since there is no Social Security problem—and there are plenty of other problems, like 1 million Americans going bankrupt each year (RDF) because we don't have universal health insurance—why is there any need to tamper with Social Security at all?

And given that the Bush has run up the largest deficit in the history of the world in four short years, why on earth would anyone trust Him to make anything "solvent"?

Why would the Democrats let themselves be used as a shovel, so Bush and the Republicans can dig themselves out of a jam?

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