Saturday, April 30, 2005

To serve Democrats 

Under the headline "Bush Plan Greeted with Caution," we get the Republican's next plan. From an anonymous lobbyist:

"The idea is to put all this together and say to the Democrats, 'How can you vote against this?' " said one lobbyist, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because he did not want to jeopardize his access to the committee.
(via WaPo)

How? Easy... The College Republican's who chanted "Hey-hey, ho-ho, Social Security has got to go!" let the cat out of the bag.

Destroying Social Security and FDR's legacy is want the Republicans want to do, top to bottom. So, they're going to craft any legislation to do just that, under whatever legal and financial cover they please. (Maybe they'll sunset some provisions, and then un-sunset them later. Maybe they just won't fund the parts they want to destroy. Maybe they'll break their promises with secret regulations. Maybe they'll gin up some other phony crisis, and put this "permanent" solution in the trash can.) Who knows? One thing is certain: If this legislation ever reaches a Conference Committee, it's going to be rewritten, by Delay, Frist, winger staffers, and lobbyists, to do whatever the Republicans think they can get away with, renderring any "compromises" with Democrats inoperative.

Again: "Hey-hey, ho-ho, Social Security has got to go!" Sure it does. If you're a bug-eyed Any Rand acolotye, a mutual fund industry lobbyist, a Dominionist apparat dying to divert Federal money to use social services as a proselytizing tool, just plain filthy rich ... Social Security has, indeed, got to go.

But the rest of us, those of who paid into the system with our weekly paychecks because we were promised a decent retirement, we need it.

Here's hoping Reid, Pelosi, Dean and company are smart enough to make sure that no legislation reaches the floor, let alone gets passed.

Democrats have a plan: It's called "Social Security." If, as Inerrant Boy keeps saying, everything's on the table, make the tax and the payout a little more progressive. What's so hard about that?

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