Kerry Redux - Democrats Flip-Flop On Social Security
In a article at National Review Online entitled “Save Social Security First”? Byron York maintains that the claim begun by President Clinton in 1998 that Social Security was in financial straits was nothing more than a money grab by the Democrats in the face of looming government surpluses:
In 1998, the major policy question in Washington was what to do with enormous anticipated federal budget surpluses. Republicans, arguing that a surplus meant the government was taking in too much money, wanted to cut taxes. Clinton wanted to kill any tax-cut proposal before it had a chance to gather support. So in his 1998 State of the Union speech, he came up with a famous slogan.
"What should we do with this projected surplus?" Clinton said. "I have a simple four-word answer: Save Social Security first."
The article goes on to say that many of the hard-line Democrats including Barbara Boxer, Al Gore, Dick Gephardt, and Teddy 'Chappaquiddick' Kennedy took up the mantra "Save Social Security first," knowing full-well that Clinton had no plans to do anything about it.
Of course now that we have a President with the chutzpah to do something about it, the Democrats have miraculously discovered that there is no crisis within the Social Security system, and actually had the audacity to 'boo' President Bush when he confronted the Congress with the problem during Wednesday's State Of The Union address. As Robert 'KKK' Byrd would say, 'Petty, petty, petty.'
Can anyone tell me the last time the Democrats had a really good idea....maybe when Harry T. dropped the bomb??? 60 long years ago...
Posted by Rick | February 3, 2005 04:03 PM