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Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Social Security Turns 75 - No Thanks To Paul Ryan

Strangely, Paul Krugman didn’t mention Rep. Paul Ryan even once in his latest op-ed defending Social Security. Nor does Krugman mention Ryan after explaining the Right’s ideologically driven hatred and obvious political posturing towards Social Security. And, after Krugman recognized the ignorance and indifference to the realities of American life underlying the motives of Social Security’s attackers, along with their broken math – again he does not mention Ryan.

Krugman also exposed the intellectual dishonesty of those who rely on an exercise in three-card monte...
NY Times Excerpt:
... in which the surpluses Social Security has been running for a quarter-century don’t count — because hey, the program doesn’t have any independent existence; it’s just part of the general federal budget — while future Social Security deficits are unacceptable — because hey, the program has to stand on its own.
Again, no Paul Ryan. Krugman also pokes at the bait-and-switch schemes ginned up by some of the program's attackers...
NY Times Excerpt:
And having invented a crisis, what do Social Security’s attackers want to do? They don’t propose cutting benefits to current retirees; invariably the plan is, instead, to cut benefits many years in the future. So think about it this way: In order to avoid the possibility of future benefit cuts, we must cut future benefits. O.K.
Once again he doesn't mention Paul Ryan.

He never had to.

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