Reform, yes, but by Bush?


Published: Wednesday, January 12, 2005 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, January 11, 2005 at 10:29 p.m.

The Bush administration has launched its domestic agenda with Social Security reform. The justification for tackling it is that it's in a crisis state with revenues soon to be outpaced by payouts.

Opponents of reform point out that even in this imbalanced state, the system will stay solvent until at least 2042. From this point the arguments get technical and complicated. What should concerned

citizens - and there are millions of us - do?

As we've weaved our way through life, there are certain rules that jump in front of us and force us to take notice. The question I think applies most obviously is what sort of integrity do the parties bring to the table. The Bush administration is sorely lacking.

President Bush allowed his administration not only to make outlandish statements about Iraq to arouse fear (Condoleezza Rice with mushroom clouds and aluminum tubes), but to promote discredited intelligence (Dick Cheney's yellowcake from Niger) to back it up. I don't think it is necessary to recount the results.

The White House budget folks lied to Congress about the cost of the elderly drug program, understating it by a mere $100 billion to win passage.

Recently it was learned that the reason Armstrong Williams (supposedly unbiased columnist) was so gung ho about the No Child Left Behind Program had something to do with $240,000 he was paid by the administration. Propaganda by any other name smells as rotten.

Social Security reform is necessary. Now may be the opportune time. But how do we trust this administration about so important an issue when it has repeatedly demonstrated its willingness to deceive us?

Tom Tisdale,

Gainesville

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