March 5, 2005


Howard Dean debates issues with Pat Buchanan (AP, 3/05/05)

Democratic National Committee chairman Howard Dean and conservative commentator Pat Buchanan differed on many issues at a joint appearance in suburban Detroit.

But they agreed they're both concerned about the growing federal deficit and the movement of American jobs overseas. [...]

Buchanan also said something must be done to deal with federal programs such as Social Security and Medicare. Without changes, the Social Security trustees project that by 2042, the program won't have enough to pay promised benefits fully.

"Social Security and Medicare are Thelma and Louise, and they're headed for the cliff and we're in the back seat," Buchanan said.

Dean agreed that Social Security has problems...

So if Howard Dean and Pat Buchanan agree with George Bush, that SS needs to be reformed, how can the press think reform is dead?

Posted by Orrin Judd at March 5, 2005 7:08 AM

Did the great politico Buchanan drive his Mercedes to the UAW hall again?

Posted by: Bart at March 5, 2005 11:21 AM

The analogy between Dean and Buchanan would have been perfect if the GOP had been taken over by the pitchfork brigade and Pat had been made Republican National Committee chairman after the 1996 campaign. That fact that they didn't and the Democrats did promote Howard to that post says a lot about the presence of more sane voices in the GOP ranks, and the lack of such among the Democrats, or at best the timidity by the party's more moderate/rational voices in actually standing up for what they believe in.

Posted by: John at March 5, 2005 11:35 AM