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Social Security, indeed!

Suppose you’re Karl Rove, the genius who is essentially the unelected President of the United States as George W. Bush’s chief handler, and your job is to make him look good for four more years.

The job market is bleak, with major corporations going offshore with hiring and manufacturing; the national debt is headed for Mars; the American dollar has the value of Monopoly money internationally; Medicare is headed for a breakdown; Americans are disgusted with the loss of lives and money in Iraq and Afghanistan and Bush truly believes he can’t make mistakes.

So Rove’s idea is simple and effective: Create a phony issue for people to think and talk about: Privatize (or personalize) Social Security!



In his heart, even Rove’s sock puppet knows there’s no chance of his plan being put into effect. Even Republican legislators, who want to be re-elected after Bush is out of office, give scant lip service to the idea. But if he keeps chanting “Social Security” the way he once did “Weapons of Mass Destruction,” Bush just might avoid having to deal with the real issues facing Americans in his remaining years in office.

Richard Tracy




Grass Valley


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