1.17.2005

The Fix Is In

That Magic Moment The New York Times (0m.dd)
Wow. Thank the sweet baby Jesus for Paul Krugman because I didn't hear about this anywhere...

Last week Andrew Biggs, the associate commissioner for retirement policy at the Social Security Administration, appeared with Mr. Bush at a campaign-style event to promote privatization. There was a time when it would have been considered inappropriate for a civil servant to play such a blatantly political role. But then there was a time when it would have been considered inappropriate to appoint a professional advocate like Mr. Biggs, the former assistant director of the Cato Institute's Project on Social Security Privatization, to such a position in the first place.
AMAZING. They appointed the Cato Institute's Assistant Director on Social Security Privitization the Associate Commissioner for Retirement Policy? Un-fucking-believable.

Oh yeah, it wasn't until very recently that the Republicans have stopped using the term 'privitization' when talking about Social Security. Don't be fooled: that's exactly what it is. We can not allow them to frame this debate. Remember: Social Security is the most successful, healthy government program there is. It isn't a benefit, it's insurance. It isn't in trouble.

Oh yeah, here's Krugman explaining the Bush Social Security Con in Rolling Stone.


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