February 23, 2005

Hey Hey, Ho Ho!

On the Daily Show broadcast on Dec 19, 2004, John Stewart showed a video of President Bush saying,

We have a problem... Are we willing to confront the problem now or pass it on to future, uh, Congresses and future generations? I've made a declaration to the American people that now is the time to confront Social Security.

Stewart's response:

That's the problem, Social Security?  Because if we don't destroy it now, it might be there when we're older.

It turns out that the truth is stranger than a humorous TV news show.  Check out this video of Senator Rick Santorum being serenaded by chants of "Hey Hey, Ho Ho, Social Security has got to go!" as he walks into a town hall meeting.  (For more on Santorum's plans, see his strategy document under "Worth Visiting.")

I thought those crazy shanties on the Diag during my Michigan days were wacky...but I never imagined what could happen when College Republicans let their hair down!

Update: Talking Points Memo has revealed that Dick Armey, "head of one of the main groups funded the PR blitz for President Bush's privatization plan says Social Security should be 'phased out'" rather than saved.

By Will Friedman in Politics, Social Security | Permalink  | 


well, think of it this way - if your friends and vice president were guilty for the slaughter of thousands of innocent New Yorkers a few years ago, you grab at whatever diversionary tactic you can, don'tcha?

just look at the name "social security". it is the very security of our society that the neocons are after. they want it to go so badly because it works, and it makes people think, "yeah, society ought to be secure!"

an insecure society is the only context in which the repugnicans can be free to murder hunter s thompson and paul wellstone and get away with it!!!!!!

Posted by: radio free srini | Feb 23, 2005 10:50:28 PM

Just the sort of far-fetched conspiracy theory that I agree with totally :)

Posted by: SheaNC | Feb 24, 2005 6:46:34 AM

Yah, it's amazine what happens when young people realize they're going to be robbed of hundreds of thousands of dollars and have no retirement because of a failed system that Democrats don't have the guts to fix.


Posted by: Dave Nalle | Feb 24, 2005 11:38:47 PM

Yah, it's amazine what happens when young people realize they're going to be robbed of [trillions] of dollars [by neocons who control all three branches of government] and have no retirement because of a failed system that [republicans] don't have the [morals, ethics or desire] to fix. SheaNC

Posted by: SheaNC | Feb 25, 2005 9:55:14 PM

Hi Dave - i couldn't tell from your comment whether you agree with the protesters that Social Security has got to go, or whether you think it should be shored up.

Polemics aside, my problem with privatizers is not that they are Republican. My problem is that they are pretending that privatization will fix the social security shortfall, when it won't. That's why it's remarkable to see what happens when people just come out and say "Social Security has got to go" - all the doubletalk has slipped away.

There are plenty of good solutions to strengthening Social Security without making it more risky in the process - see link to Washington Post article under Worth Visiting.

Posted by: Will | Feb 26, 2005 2:16:33 AM

Tavis Smiley's "State of the Black Union" 2005 Covenant...

Atlanta was the hot spot today. Tavis Smiley hosted his annual symposium "The State of the Black Union."

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Posted by: kstreetfriend | Feb 27, 2005 10:15:26 PM

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