Tuesday, January 11, 2005
( 2:45 PM )
Walking in the Footsteps of Failure
A conservative government sweeps to power for a second term. It views its victory as a mandate to slash the role of the state. In its ?rst term, this policy objective was met by cutting taxes for the wealthy. Its top priority for its second term is tackling what it views as an enduring vestige of socialism: its system of social insurance for the elderly. Declaring the current program unaffordable in 50 years’ time, the administration proposes the privatization of a portion of old-age bene?ts. In exchange for giving up some future bene?ts, workers would get a tax rebate to put into an investment account to save for their own retirement.
George W. Bush’s America in 2005? Think again. The year was 1984, the nation was Britain, the government was that of Margaret Thatcher -- and the results have been a disaster that America is about to emulate.
Even with examples of failure galore, Bush intends to ram this thing down our throats. He's even threatening his own party members to tow the line.
This presidency is all about him. There is nothing else on the agenda but Bush's own aggrandizement and power. When will people wake up and notice their democracy is slipping away?