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RuleofLaw Donating Member (345 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-11-05 07:31 AM
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The 'we' in Social Security (CS Monitor)
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POINT REYES, CALIF. It's been just a month or two, but already it seems like 50. The focus-group maestros and message masseuses are out in force. (It's personal accounts, not private accounts.) The megabuck ad campaigns are rolling into place. The folks who brought us the Swift Boat ads in the presidential campaign now are going to maul the American Association for Retired Persons, which has committed the crime of opposing the president's plan.
I am talking of course about the Social Security debate, which quickly has become a dreary reprise of everything that has made big-time American politics such a numbing turnoff.

The parties have reverted to their predictable roles: the White House as callow adolescent, disguising an ideological aversion to Social Security as a concern for the program's future, the Democrats as anxious mothers, averse to change and cowering at anything that looks like "risk."

One could easily surmise that the central issue is portfolio strategy. Investment analysts and economists offer, in turn, euphoric promises of stock market riches and stern warnings about budgetary consequences and risks. Yes, returns are important. But there are other ways to achieve those, such as IRAs and 401(k)s, let alone plain old-fashioned saving. (How come politicians don't talk about that any more?)

http://search.csmonitor.com/search_content/0309/p09s02-...

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liberal N proud Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-11-05 07:50 AM
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1. The fact that the swifties are attacking the AARP should
tell people something.
They are nothing but a collection of bu$h goons put together for the sole purpose of running smear for the regime.
The have no political objective of their own.
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blogbear Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-11-05 07:52 AM
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2. "How come politicians don't talk about that anymore?
Must be 12 o'clock high time! These politicians you speak of haven't ever learned to keep their eyes and ears open with their BIG mouths shut! I doubt these problematic windbags ever took a critical look at themselves in a mirror while playing a recording of themselves..to see and hear what the rest of us have had to look at and hear. I'm so glad that I just reached the point of life when I could join AARP! AARP stands up for us by standing up to the overly domineering and pushy ilk out there who never cared to see beyond themseves!
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