… is how Matthew Yglesias calls McCain’s decision to discuss Social Security. Never mind the fact that the Bush administration’s lackluster attempt at reforming the system was the first time anyone sought to really fix the problem of social security running out of money. He then admits that the quote he’s referring to *was* taken out of context, but how can he help not knowing what McCain’s stance is when he’s using diversions like his war record?
Well, Matthew, it’s not exactly news that Republicans are concerned about Social Security. And it’s not exactly “generations looking after eachother.” It’s more pandering to unions and the AARP than anything else.
What *I* don’t get is why the Washington Post’s Jonathan Weisman and Michael D. Shear are so earnest when they write that McCain has “sparked controversy”:
If that payment system is a disgrace, it has been one since Social Security was created during the Great Depression. For as long as the popular program has existed, today’s workers have paid the benefits of today’s retirees. Future problems are projected as Baby Boomers retire and the ratio of workers to retirees begins to shrink to levels that may not be able to support the benefits now promised. But the system has not changed since Franklin Delano Roosevelt created it.
The “popular program”? Would that mean that income taxes are a “popular program,” since, heck, we don’t get to opt out of that, either? The whole problem is that the system has not changed since FDR created it! McCain was clear in saying that there’s something wrong with the fact that young workers are likely not going to benefit from the system, given the way things are headed.
In fact, those who are “burbling” about McCain’s “gaffe” are noting that things have always been this way. What about that change mantra?
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
The debacle of this president’s administration is both a cause and a symptom of the decline of American values. Unless Congress impeaches him, that decline will go on unchecked. An eminent jurist surveys the damage and assesses the chances for the recovery of our culture.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
The American Christmas, like the songs that celebrate it, makes room for everybody under the rainbow. Is that why so many people seem to be hostile to it?
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?
H/T to National Review Online