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February 05, 2005

I'm not feeling very socially secure.

Ara over at E Pluribus Unum has been rather upset about Social Security lately. Presumably this is because the opportunity to mock the Iraqi elections hasn't come up yet. (Jab, jab)

Still, no matter how sort-of conservative I am when it comes to economic issues, I can't draw a side in this fight. One side is saying "It's all going to hell. Here are statistics from economic smarties to prove it" and the other side is saying "There is nothing to worry about. Here are statistics from economic smarties to prove it."

So, how does a simple guy like myself, just trying to get along and stay alive, approach a topic like this? Clearly the Democrats listen to the Democrats' economic spin docs and take every opportunity to attack Bush, and also clearly, the Republicans play the same game.

Should I care about this? How do I approach SS as a topic? I don't care enough or have strength enough to do the research and learn the theories needed to identify for myself what is a threat and what isn't. In this case, it seems the only way to know for sure would be to find a time machine and go forward 45 years or so and take a peek. It's not like weapons of mass destruction, which are either there or not.

Still, with Bush riding high after his big win, and the Democrats looking furiously for a way to assault him, it seems like this is the issue we're going to settle on.

The bottom line, as I read it on the conservative sites, is "let me describe our boogeyman and remember, we don't like liberals" while the liberal sites all say, in effect, "all is well and remember, we don't like conservatives." People, in other words, are basing their opinions on this presumably critical matter more on how they voted in November than on real scientific and economic analysis.

Maybe it's best if I just let them bicker about this one amongst themselves. Feels like it's just another excuse to disagree. I welcome your reflections, but be nice to each other.

Posted by Dan at February 5, 2005 02:24 PM

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Let's just remember that even if you believe the Republicans that Social Security is going to hell in a handcart, the Whote House has admitted the the private accounts plan on the table does not fix this solvency problem.

If people want to make the ideological argument for shifting Social Security from an insurance program, as it is now, to an investment program, as Bush and his Wall Street donors envision it, fine--make that argument. I'm just tired of the intellectual dishonesty of saying "Crisis! Crisis!" and then proposing a plan that does not fix the crisis.

And I put it in italics so you know I mean it.

Posted by: folkbum at February 5, 2005 03:55 PM

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