Friday, April 29, 2005
Bush on Social Security:
From the press conference
We ... have a responsibility to improve Social Security, by directing extra help to those most in need ...
I believe a reform system should protect those who depend on Social Security the most.
I propose a Social Security system in the future where ... you will not retire into poverty.
We have a ... responsibility ... to keep seniors out of poverty ...
In other words:
Two things. First, pre-event hype from the White House was the Bush was going to lay out details. Lots of details. That obviously didn't happen, and I wonder how many people have caught that major inconsistency.
Second, the media seem to have actually grasped what little detail Bush did reveal. Most coverage I've come across so far has pointed out the big BIG benefit cuts for most future recipients. I think for most citizens, that concept is "flying like a cement kite," as Rick Ocasick sang so many years ago.
Isn't Social Security already a welfare program for seniors?
Something that I paid into for fifty years is not "welfare"...