[FoRK] Now tell me we are having no effect?

jbone at place.org jbone at place.org
Mon Mar 15 20:51:18 PST 2004

 From a lib list I subscribe to.  Meme's catching...

Begin forwarded message:


From: Steve Trinward

History lesson: In the 1970s, there was ONE political party
speaking out about the injustices of Socialist inSecurity,
and nobody else! Every "smart" politician or pundit "knew"
it was a "third rail issue," and avoided it like the plague.
We were told we were crazy for even bringing it up, and when
in 1978 L. Neil Smith (in a run for Colorado State House)
and I (running for Massachusetts State Senate) -- and
probably others running as Libertarians -- each gave
speeches before Senior Citizens groups, telling them that
they had to speak out against the madness that was
bankrupting their grandchildren, we were called "fools" ...

Skip ahead about 25-30 years:

1. Dump Social Security and show us the money
Nashville City Paper

"Raising the age at which Americans become eligible for
Social Security retirement benefits just validates a nagging
concern of Baby Boomers that Social Security won't be there
when they need it. Baby Boomers are coming of age -- golden
age -- ... at such a rate that demands on the Social
Security system and its resources are staggering. ... Now,
however, some are suggesting we raise the age at which
Americans would become eligible for retirement benefits
under the Social Security Administration. ... Changing the
rules now is cold and cruel, and patently unfair. Instead,
why don't we make Social Security payroll deductions
optional? Let's give the American worker the option to
invest that money taken from our checks each payday as we
wish. Or, not to invest it." (03/15/04)

< http://www.nashvillecitypaper.com/index.cfm?news_id=31497

2.  Social Security needs long-term overhaul, not campaign
Christian Science Monitor
Tim Penny

"Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan is no politician.
He proved that in his recent testimony before Congress,
speaking the unspeakable truth that the future costs of the
Social Security program are unsustainable and (gasp) cuts
will be needed. As a result, for the first time since its
inception, Social Security could become a major campaign
issue in this fall's election. ... The fiscal facts are
frightening -- and are corroborated by other respected and
nonpartisan voices, including the General Accounting Office
and the Congressional Budget Office." (03/15/04)

< http://www.csmonitor.com/2004/0315/p09s02-coop.html >

I rest my case ...

Peace, Love and Liberty
Steve Trinward
Contributing Editor, Rational Review
The premier web journal of libertarian news and commentary
on politics and culture
< http://www.rationalreview.com/ >
Editor, Rational Review News Digest
A daily summary of liberty-based news and comment
< http://www.rationalreview.com/news >

SCREW BCRA ... and the Donkeyphant it rode in on!

"When a man who is honestly mistaken hears the truth, he
will either quit being mistaken or cease to be honest!" -
Source Unknown
"The condition upon which God hath given liberty to man is
eternal vigilance; which condition if he break, servitude is
at once the consequence of his crime, and the punishment of
his guilt." - John P. Curran, 1790

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