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Heavy-Handed Politics

"€œGod willing, with the force of God behind it, we shall soon experience a world
without the United States and Zionism."€ -- Iran President Ahmadi-Nejad

Tuesday, October 10, 2006

“In rejecting Social Security discussions [recently], the Democrats painted the conservatives’ petition as a Trojan horse designed to get personal accounts back onto the table. Even if that were true, since when was all mention of personal accounts taboo for Democrats? A decade ago, a majority of the appointees to Bill Clinton’s Social Security commission came out in favor of personal accounts. If today’s Democratic leaders were even a little bit awake, they would realize that the case for Social Security reform has grown stronger since the Clinton era. A new body of research shows how the lack of reform threatens core Democratic constituencies. Social Security benefits were designed in the 1930s to protect traditional couples. But married couples make up a declining fraction of the adult population, particularly among minorities... But instead [Democrats] get a childish gratification out of stamping their feet and refusing to discuss the subject.”

—Sebastian Mallaby


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