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Is Bush being defeated on Social Security?

John Henke notes the intentional confusion brought about by the Demos and the MSM about Bush’s attempt to do soemthing about Social Security. He reflects on this Washington Post poll stating this: "public support for his program remains weak, with only 35 percent of Americans now saying they approve of his handling of the issue." But, Henke points out, "the public also overwhelmingly supports — by a margin of 56% - 41% — ’a plan in which people who chose to could invest some of their Social Security contributions in the stock market’."
He considers this question: "why does the Washington Post bury the fact that the public dislikes every part of Social Security reform except what has actually been proposed by President Bush? That seems important." He poses a few questions worth considering. Useful links. (Via

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According to Bush himself in his latest press conference, there is no "plan," only "principles." At any rate, I’m curious: if the poll asked people, "do you approve or disapprove of several trillion dollars in additional government debt in order to finance private accounts?" what do you think the response would be? You can even ask it with the politically correct wording if you want and I’ll bet the responses will still be pretty negative.

How about if we ask the following question: Do you truly believe there is no crisis with Social Security? How about if we ask :

Do you think it is right to make 20 and 30 somethings to contribute money whcik will be spent on benfits for those current retirees and those approaching retirement and there not be money available when the 20 and 30 somethings retire, such that drastic benefit reductions and disqualifications will occur in future?

Or is it better to address the problems now instead of waiting for a default when benifts can not be paid?

Survey this.

Its amazing how people can twist the question around so that it fits their personal needs. (Refering to comment #1).

Gary Maxwell:

Your comment is the reason why I never underestimate the effictiveness of rhetorical questions. You hit the nail on the head. Nicely done.

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