Sunday, March 06, 2005

Social Security “reform”: motive is everything

The key point in the current debate over Social Security must not be overlooked. The most illuminating sentence in the memo written by Karl Rove aide David Wehner reads:

“For the first time in six decades, the Social Security battle is one we can win -- and in doing so, we can help transform the political and philosophical landscape of the country.”

This single sentence from a leaked “not for attribution” memo sheds a much-needed spotlight on the real motive of those who claim that their intent is to “save” Social Security.

Conservatives have been deeply unhappy with the very existence of Social Security since its inception, and have spent much ink strategizing its total demise. Understanding that the overriding intent of the Bush Administration is to destroy Social Security is of paramount importance to all who truly do want to save this program that is so essential to the well-being of so many.

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