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Sharpening our wits on the grindstone of Life

Wednesday, March 02, 2005

Vitriol vs. Viagra - GOP body slams old people.

GOP Attacks AARP Over Social Security

Tom “the Hammer” DeLay is at it again. Freshly pumped up from a closed-door Pep Rally with GOP lawmakers, he lashed out at AARP, Democrats and anyone else who refuses to supplicate themselves before his imperial wisdom in backing the Bush administration’s destruction of the Social Security program.

Delay called AARP “hypocritical” because they sell mutual funds, and "irresponsible" for opposing “a solution that hasn’t been written yet”. AARP responded that they sell mutual funds to supplement Social Security income, and that they’re “opposed to the central notion of trying to improve Social Security solvency by taking money out of Social Security”.

Of course, most of us are waiting for the unwritten solution to be written, but apparently some congressional officials have been briefed on the plan. The fact that it hasn't been shared with the public tells me it's not something we're going to like. The administration is probably waiting until after Bush makes his cross country promotional tour to get public buy-in before they release the bad news. By then, the lemmings will be programmed to see it as a swan, even though to the rest of us it will still be an ugly duckling. My apologies to any duck enthusiasts for the metaphor.

DeLay also criticized congressional Democrats for unanimously opposing the plan. This, from the guy who demands unilateral support from his own party. In fact, the GOP lawmakers met today to share findings from a week spent sampling public opinion on Social Security, and DeLay told reporters that the session produced “not one negative comment by the members”.

So is the GOP clueless, or are they afraid to inform the Big Kahuna that America has serious concerns about this issue? A little of both, perhaps? Clueless, because of their policy only to ask questions of those who have been preprogrammed with the desired response, and afraid of the consequences of drawing the ire of the self-styled “Hammer”.

Federal Reserve Chairman and former Wall Street mogul Alan Greenspan added fuel to the fire by urging congress to act to fix Social Security and Medicare quickly. "If existing promises need to be changed, those changes should be made sooner rather than later.” I love this newspeak stuff. Instead of ‘breaking our promise’ or ‘lying’, it’s called ‘changing promises’.

But, being the eternal optimist that I am, let’s consider the upside.

AARP opposes the administration’s plan, and it has 35 million members, most of whom probably voted for Bush last November. Perhaps a glimmer of hope there for 2008? Maybe.

Also, Tom DeLay generally attacks people when he feels threatened. Given the vitriol in his statements, he’s feeling threatened. Aside from that giving me warm fuzzies, it’s also good for our cause. But don’t celebrate yet. He still has hope, because I haven’t heard him call anyone a “liberal wacko” yet this week.

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