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Social Security Reform Thursday: Week Forty-Four -- The Jerk Store Called.
Thursdays are good days for reform, because they fall between Wednesdays and Fridays. And reform is a long-haul process, not a fleeting event. So we're going to keep plugging along with the case for reform, even as the issue goes off the political radar screen.
That's why WILLisms.com offers a chart or graph, every Thursday, pertinent to Social Security reform.
This week's topic:
The Jerk Store Called.
The jerk store called. They're running out of Democrats.
Sure, there's plenty of reason to be angry at certain do-nothing Congressional Republicans, but it's the Democrats who proved once again how utterly worthless they are. Maybe worse than worthless, even.
Flash back, if you will, all the way to the 2006 State of the Union address (emphasis mine):
I am pleased that members of Congress are working on earmark reform, because the federal budget has too many special interest projects. (Applause.) And we can tackle this problem together, if you pass the line-item veto. (Applause.)
That purply applause, those were the sophomoric cheers of Congressional Democrats.
Sort of a "Yay. We killed Social Security reform!" kind of deal.
They really showed their true colors with that one. And I have rarely been so incensed watching a State of the Union address.
On paper, this is a retreat: a tepid non-policy has replaced the ambitious ideas laid out at last year's address. But the Democrats clapped and hooted as soon as Bush said "Congress did not act last year on my proposal to save Social Security," giving Bush an opening to turn his bromide into a scathing attack: When he said "partisan politics," he had a visual aid to point to.
This is not a moment we conservatives should quickly forget. For those of you who complain about the parties looking too much alike ("Republicrats"), get over yourselves. Democrats-- these Democrats-- make it nearly impossible to claim there are no differences between the parties.
The Democrats' wild applause on behalf of doing nothing was more than a merely tactical political blunder. It displayed a deeper truth about them.
They just aren't good at politics, Democrats-- THESE Democrats. Their leaders, their followers. Everyone, from the top down. Unfortunately, Democratic intransigence has consequences beyond internal party schisms and the failure to nominate/elect reasonable, likeable, effective leaders.
Those cheers are the achetypal example of juvenile partisanship at work. It's the sort of nonsense that produces (or doesn't produce) policy results that harm the rest of us reasonable folk.
If we had a responsible media in this country, the wild applause from Democrats on railroading Social Security reform would have been the singular headlining (domestic) moment from the speech. A responsible media would have spent 15 minutes of an hour-long post-game analysis session pointing out, again, why Social Security needs reform, and why this moment is a perfect example of wicked, destructive partisanship on the part of Democrats.
With a responsible media, President Bush could have ad-libbed something along the lines of, "congratulations, Democrats, you've just starred in some future Republican candidate's campaign commercial." And the media would have gotten it. They would have explained to the political novices, briefly, why that particular behavior is worthy of a GOP campaign ad (by the way, I hope this happens).
So, let's do the job the establishment media should have done.
First, a quick refresher on the approaching Social Security storm (from the CBO):
At best, it's a bad situation. At worst, it's a BAD situation. Sure, it could end up just bad. But for that to happen, we'd need all of the following: stronger-than-anticipated economic growth (could happen), a responsible Congress that keeps Social Security benefit increases under control (not likely), stronger-than-anticipated youth population growth (maybe, with immigration), and slower-than-anticipated life expectancy increases for the old folks (fortunately, not gonna happen).
In other words, we're not likely to just have a bad situation. We're going to have a BAD situation.
These are the consequences of no reform. This is what Democrats were hooting and hollering about the other day on live national television in the Capitol.
Social Security reform is not dead. It's momentarily dormant. But the grassroots are growing and charging and ready to burst. Fundamentally, the case for reform is as strong as it has ever been, and it isn't going to go away as easily as these dim-witted, divisive Democrats hope.
The clock is ticking:
Previous Reform Thursday graphics can be seen here:
-Week One (Costs Exceed Revenues).
Tune into WILLisms.com each Thursday for more important graphical data supporting Social Security reform.
Posted by Will Franklin · 2 February 2006 07:25 PM
You are exactly right! Instead of focusing on Social Security refom and all the other IMPORTANT issues!
Posted by: Zsa Zsa at February 3, 2006 10:20 AM