May 7, 2005


Calling Democrats' Bluff (DAVID BROOKS, 5/08/05, NY Times)

Don't take people at their word. Don't listen to them when they tell you how to be virtuous.

They're faking it. They don't care about virtue, or you or the common good. They're just taking opportunistic potshots under the guise of sermonizing. They're just a bunch of hypocrites.

This little bit of moral philosophy is drawn from the political events of the past few years.

Over this time, Democrats have been hectoring President Bush in the manner of an overripe Fourth of July orator. The president should be summoning us to make shared sacrifices for the common good. The president should care for the poor, and stop favoring the rich. He should make the hard choices and impose a little fiscal discipline on government.

Sometimes you had to walk through Democratic precincts in a gas mask, the lofty rhetoric was so thick. But now we have definitive proof that they didn't mean it. It was all hokum.

Over the past few weeks, the president has called their bluff. By embracing the progressive indexing of Social Security benefits, the president has asked us to make a shared sacrifice for the common good. He's asking middle- and upper-class folks to accept benefit cuts so there will be money for the people who are really facing poverty.

He has asked us to redistribute money down the income scale. Why should programs for children and families be strangled so Donald Trump can get bigger benefit checks?

He has made the hard choices.

The irony being that the middle class comes out ahead even after the tough choice.

Posted by Orrin Judd at May 7, 2005 8:57 PM

Mr. Judd;

It's even funnier than that. I'm sure that I am in a wierd demographic, but no one in my age group or younger that I know believes in benefits from Social Security in the first place, so there's no way we will think of changes Bush is making as "cuts". It's like telling me that Jennifer Lopez has officially declared she won't be dating me anytime in the future.

Posted by: Annoying Old Guy at May 8, 2005 12:37 PM

I don't know how old you are, but I'm 31 and Social Security doesn't factor into my retirement planning at all. If the money's there when I retire that's great, but I'm not going to bet the ranch on it.
I'm still holding out hope for J-Lo.

Posted by: Governor Breck at May 9, 2005 6:42 AM

Why not Lindsay Lohan?

Posted by: jim hamlen at May 9, 2005 8:48 AM

Lindsay Lohan will never be that desperate.

Posted by: joe shropshire at May 9, 2005 12:24 PM