January 6, 2005

by Reb Yudel
Republican: Gut social security or give Arafat a posthumous victory!

Via Talking Points Memo by Joshua Micah Marshall comes this choice bit of Republican rhetoric:

"The president is going to go ahead," said Rep. Tom Cole of Oklahoma, a Republican leadership lieutenant. "He cannot afford to fail. It would have repercussions for the rest of his program, including foreign policy. We can't hand the president a defeat on his major domestic initiative at a time of war."

Oh, I see. If we don't gut social security, we're giving in to the enemy.... who are, of course, the terrorists. Even Arafat is dead, do you want bin Laden shepping nachas? (Actually, before finishing off Social Security, shouldn't Bush finish off bin Laden as promised three years ago?)

Hmmm. Interesting logic. And perhaps a chance for the Democrats to reframe this bogus debate.

You see, it's pretty clear that at the core of the Bush "ownership society" is six decades of opposition to President "Rosenfeldt"'s "socialist" destruction of America.

Or as Karl Rove's deputy put it (scroll down from the link above)

"For the first time in six decades, the Social Security battle is one we can win -- and in doing so, we can help transform the political and philosophical landscape of the country."
That is to say, this is a battle being waged by FDR's longtime enemies. Or -- at least by the logic of Rep. Tom Cole of Oklahoma -- going along with Bush's agenda would be to grant Hitler a posthumous victory.

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