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Obama’s Bait-and-Switch on Social Security

‘Progressives‘ are getting all gooey over Obama’s stern declaration that he will prevent Republicans from privatizing Social Security. So why am I being so harsh towards Obama? Because this is a sucker play. Given Obama’s track record on most issues so far, it’s pretty obvious what will happen next:

Over at Corrente, Joe Firestone provides details about one of the many false arguments about the Social Security ‘crisis’–the claim that Social Security is DOOOMMMEEEEDDD!!! is based on incredibly pessimistic and historically unwarranted assumptions about GDP growth (italics mine): Second, the deficit terrorist projections of GDP growth are way out of line with historical averages,…

If you don’t know who Pete Peterson is, let me help you (We like helping!): …we can now return to the never-ending attempt by conservatives to gut Social Security. One of the key figures and bankrollers in that attempt is financier Peter Peterson. By key, I mean that he has spent around one billion dollars…

Since healthcare is temporarily off the radar screen, despite Republican attempts to have Romneycare declared unconstitutional (how Romneycare would be unconstitutional, but Medicare wouldn’t, well, that would be fun…), we can now return to the never-ending attempt by conservatives to gut Social Security. One of the key figures and bankrollers in that attempt is financier…

Friday, The NY Times reported on Greece’s ongoing financial troubles. There is something to be said for discussing whether pensions should begin at age 50–it touches on economics, social values, and so on. But then the reporter refers to some ‘analysis’ by the Cato Institute: According to research by Jagadeesh Gokhale, an economist at the…

…make sure you know what the hell you’re talking about. Jacob Weisberg had a recent post at Slate, “Down With the People: Blame the childish, ignorant American public–not politicians–for our political and economic crisis“, which argues, well, what the title says. Now, we do have a longstanding tradition of calling idiots fucking morons in this…

…about President Obama. Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) seems to be one of the few politicians in the Democratic caucus (not party, though) who understands just how dire the Democrats’ prospects are: In my view, the Democrats–including the president–have absurdly continued to stumble along the path of “bipartisanship” at exactly the same time the Republicans have…

Ever since I was a wee Mad Biologist, I’ve been told by Very Senior People that ‘in five years, there’s going to be a massive wave a retirement of older faculty.’ This, in my mind, ranks up there with the Friedman Unit (in the next six months, we’ll know if we have to leave Iraq,…

Democrats Have Demobilized Their Rank-and-File

File this under “Democrats are the stupidest political party in recorded history.” A recent poll asked, “In the 2010 Congressional elections will you definitely vote, probably vote, not likely vote, or definitely will not vote?” The answer:

Can Social Security Numbers Be Hacked?

Apparently so. And that should give everyone pause, since SSN has become the de facto national identification system. From PNAS: