Skip to comments.Bush Plan vs Democrat Opposition on Social Security - As I see it. (Vanity)
Posted on 03/05/2005 8:03:24 AM PST by CitizenM
I tried to find a current topic where I could post this as a comment. However, I could not locate one that was appropriate; so I took the luxury of making this a Vanity post. This is as I see the issue of the Social Security debate now. I am over the age that any change would even affect me, so I have no gain either way. But I do have a huge concern for my children and grandchildren who will be subject to any decisions. Thus I feel the need and right to express my opinion.
Democrats Plan Negate the need to change the system (although for years previous they have expressed that it will be necessary). Make the people scared, especially the senior citizens. Make the people feel incapable and dependent on government control of their retirement. Spread lies and make innuendoes against any proposal. Dont offer any constructive plan or change. Stay out of the solution area, dont jeopardize yourself, your career is more important than being honest and constructive. Criticize, ignore, make caustic comments, debate, filibuster, draw circles in the sand -- do whatever necessary to keep this from being resolved during the Bush Administration. Then, in 2008 when (they hope) a Democrat is president, jump on the bandwagon (knowing the Republicans are already boxed into a corner and would have to agree with a plan) and offer a solution. That way the Democrats would be able to claim the glory for fixing social security, and be the heroes to the American people.
Easy Plan Require that all government/federal employees contribute to Social Security. Allow them to retain their Federal plans (Thrift 1-2-3/A-B-C, etc.) if they desire, but their contributions to SS would be mandatory. After all, if a soldier facing a bullet in Iraq is required to pay into SS, why shouldnt a senator, or senators secretary, or any government employee who is comfortably sitting in an office on US soil? By mandating federal workers contributions, there would most likely be no need for the rest of Americans to face any change to their contributions or benefits. There are millions of federal workers whose funds, would fix Social Security if they were required to contribute, as the rest of us do. The people who are shouting the loudest against any changes now being touted are the very people who will never be affected by it. So, make it affect them also, and then if necessary, they will help to find a solution very quickly.
You young folks had better do your part in seeing that this is passed, SS is running out of funding fast. I for one am emailing Republican Senators and asking them just why they are not behind President W and they should get out of their plush retirement plan and go on SS. I am SO surprised that I have not heard back from one of them, sure, right.