Tuesday, March 15, 2005

We Already Have A Plan For Social Security

It's called Social Security.

Social Security was gasping it's last breath in the early eighties, but it was adjusted (quite painfully for me I might add) and now it is rock solid for at least thirty years, probably closer to fourty or fifty years.

If the last fix was good enough for at least fifty years, why are George Bush and Conrad Burns trying to muddle with something that won't happen for decades, if ever.

Why do I bring Conrad Burns into this? It is because he voted against an ammendment to reject any proposal that would involve massive benefit cuts or budget deficits earlier today.

Was he voting to pile more debt on Americans, or was he voting to hack into the money we need to get by on? Was he voting to increase our debt load AND decrease our income?

Remember that we have to pay interest on any borrowing they do. Ask yourself why we would want to pay interest for decades on another costly and possibly fraudulent privatization scheme.

Why would Conrad Burns want to cut your benefits, and who is it that he thinks deserve your money more than you do? Yes, Social Security is your money and mine.

We have and will pay for it for all our working lives. We earn that insurance against exterme poverty in our old age or disability.

Defending your right to the benefits you earn is not the same thing as demanding something for nothing. Remember that every time they roll out another highly paid pundit to tell you otherwise.

Our alternative to Bush's non plan to "fix" Social Security IS Social Security.

I just realized that it is presumptuous of me to assume that all of my readers are thoroughly familiar with this Really Great Social Security Debate.

(Senate link was added later)

The Senators who are running for re-election in'06 who want to increase our debt load and cut our benefits are:

Allen, George VA
Burns, Conrad MT
Chafee, Lincoln RI
Ensign, John NV
Hatch, Orrin UT
Hutchison, Kay Bailey TX
Kyl, Jon AZ
Lott, Trent MS
Lugar, Richard IN
Santorum, Rick PA
Talent, Jim MO
Thomas, Craig WY

List via atrios, who has the Nelson Amendment right there with their names. rejected.


Blogger eRobin said...

I actually got dizzy reading this post. How in the world are they able to get away with this? I truly don't get it.

7:49 AM  
Blogger granny said...

Hang on to your hat eRobin, it's worse. Way worse than you even imagined it to be.

8:04 AM  

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