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Friday, April 29, 2005

WHEN A CUT ISN'T A CUT, BUT A REPEAL IS A RAISE

Scottydoo says:
But White House press secretary Scott McClellan said that calling Bush's proposal a cut is "irresponsible." He argued that Social Security's long-term fiscal problems mean that the benefits the system is guaranteeing today "are an empty promise" and that everyone's checks will eventually be smaller if no action is taken.
Silly Republicans, and the games they play with the future.

During the 2004 campaign, when any of the Democratic candidates, be they Dean, Gephardt, or Kerry, made noise about repealing portions of future Bush tax cuts, Republicans of all shapes and sizes, from the President on down, criticized them by calling this "raising" taxes.

Now, we have McClellan arguing that the current Social Security program is an "empty promise", and that the lower benefits for the great majority of Americans under the Bush plan does not constitute a cut.

Well dude, the future tax cuts haven't happened yet, and what if we can't afford them? Heck there are plenty of people who'd say we can't afford them now. It would seem that Republicans like McClellan (thus, the White House) can only make one of these arguments, and not both.

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