Pull my finger
Josh Marshall on those wily Republicans:
Says the AP’s David Espo: “Senate Republican leaders are considering whether to seek Democratic support for Social Security legislation without the personal accounts sought by President Bush, aiming to restore them later, officials said Thursday.”
So given that privatization now seems dead in the water, these senate Republicans want to enlist Democratic support for enacting what will no doubt be highly popular benefit cuts and tax increases because this will smooth the way for them to partially phase out Social Security with private accounts, as part of a two step gambit.
And to structure the experiment so as to get a clear read on whether we’re talking about mere substandard intelligence or some more profound sort of incapacitation they’re telling the reporter from the Associated Press that this is their plan.
I can’t imagine any Democrat would be so dimwitted that they would fall for this, but I could be wrong.