There is no crisis
Just a quick note to follow up on yesterday’s article about the attacks on Social Security engineered by the Bush White House and the Republican Party:
If you’re looking for more information on the subject, a good place to start is a web site that goes by the name of There is No Crisis – an apt name in dealing with the Republicans’ misinformation on Social Security. The site is provided by a group of organizations that truly support Social Security and are organizing resistance to the Republican scheme to siphon Social Security fund money away to their campaign donors on Wall Street.
I’ll also take this opportunity to make a special note to young Americans (as I am one myself). The Republican Party is making an extra effort to play spin doctor with Americans under the age of 40, creating two lines of argument about Social Security, both of which are totally bogus.
1. The Republicans tell young Americans that Social Security is an old person’s issue, thus preventing young activists from getting involved on the issue.
Listen, folks – Social Security is important for ALL Americans, not just old people. First of all, everyone’s going to be old some day, unless they die first. Secondly, Social Security is not just for old people. Social Security also provides protection to people who get disabled, and to young families who have a working member become disabled or die. Take me, for example. I’m just setting up a young family, and as I have put in some good years of work (not coming from a third generation wealthy family like the Bushes), I can rest assured that if something happens to me, my wife will get some financial support to compensate for the sudden lack of my income. Social Security is for everybody.
2. The Republicans try to convince young Americans that there’s just no way that they’re ever going to get Social Security benefits, and so try to put young Americans against old Americans, hoping that the young Americans will get all uptight about having to pay into the Social Security fund.
The fact is that the mantra the Republicans encourage young Americans to repeat: “By the time I retire, Social Security is going to be completely gone, man” is completely bogus. Say you’re 25 years old today. You’ll retire in 40 years – that’s the year 2044. Guess what? By the estimates of the Congressional Budget Office, even if the economy remains completely stagnant, and no one in government does anything to improve the solvency of the Social Security fund, Social Security will still be there when you retire – unless we allow President Bush and his crew of Republican attack dogs to destroy it. Still worried about the future of Social Security? Well, then, we could always add more money to the Social Security fund to shore it up by repealing the special tax giveaways that President Bush made to people making over 300,000 dollars per year. With that money alone, Social Security could be strong forever.
Don’t buy the bunk from the Bush Administration. Take a look at the facts, and you’ll see that there is no crisis – just a whole lot of greed from Republican corporate spinmeisters looking to make an easy buck from your hard work.