Saturday, March 19, 2005

A Change in Tactics

The Hill is reporting that some in the GOP camp that favor Social Security reform are ready for a change in tactics. It's undeniable that Republicans are losing the PR war over whether Social Security reforms should be implemented soon. The following is an excerpt from the article:

The president has been highlighting how Social Security is headed for bankruptcy and will be paying out more than it takes in by 2018, but some said that argument has gathered little momentum.

Moore [President of the Free Enterprise fund] said the administration needs to “stop talking about solvency and talk about ownership. … 2018 seems to be very distant in the future to a lot of people.”Gingrich echoed Moore’s contention: “If I tell you that in 11 years you’re going to need a new roof, you’re probably going to say, ‘OK, let’s talk in 10 and a half years.”

As much as I often mock talking points like "ownership society," I must say that they do carry a certain amount of weight. In a recent Weekly Standard article, not on Social Security!, the merits of an Elliot Spitzer (D) candidacy for NY Governor were discussed. While the Weekly Standard certainly wasn't enamored with Mr. Spitzer as many NY Democrats are, they did have many interesting points to make about his strengths as a candidate. He acts like a Democrat and talks like a Republican, just to name one. His Republican issue: playing up the "investor class."

Anyways, without completely rehashing the article I'll get to my point. The idea of investing is certainly scary, but it does provide people with the gratification of actually owning a piece of their future. That gratification is not localized today to merely Republicans or Democrats but rather it applies to everyone. Perhaps, just perhaps, if the Republicans do change tactics on an issue that I feel is incredibly winnable, we might see a bill this summer.

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