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Democrats' Dangerous Game of Indifference

Sunday, 08 May 2005 12:00 AM

Consider, for a prime example, the similar manner in which Democrats in Washington are playing games with Social Security. Each successive day in which no decisive action is taken to correct the problems threatening the future viability of Social Security is one less day that will be available for Americans to plan and invest for their futures, in order to avert financial disaster.

The unilateral Democrat reaction to President Bush's proposals to fix the problems with Social Security, before they become unfixable, has been to deny the inevitability of those impending problems while fanning the flames of fear and hysteria, particularly among the nation's elderly.

But Democrats are not merely engaging in such behavior because they are devoid of their own ideas. Rather, they are committed to a policy of inaction, whereby they have taken up a deliberate posture of offering only criticism.

Their efforts are fixated only on the possibilities of political gain, with no interest whatsoever in addressing the issues at hand. Once again, they bask in a false belief that they have the luxury of indifference, with no regard for the harm they will inflict on the American people.

Thus they continue to stoke the fears of gullible constituents, misrepresenting Republican attempts at finding real solutions to fuel their fire. So far, this scenario has provided a "win-win" for them, with the only real losers being those people who will someday find themselves the recipients of an unnecessarily meager Social Security check.

This contemptible strategy is the result of a cold, purely political calculation. The reform of Social Security, and the avoidance of its financial meltdown, would indeed reflect positively on Democrats, were they to support the institution of meaningful reforms. However, public discourse will eventually shift to other matters.

On the other hand, incessant demagoguing of this issue holds the potential for ongoing advantages for them, at least until the general public figures out which political operatives are intent on keeping them scared, vulnerable and dependent.

Democrats clamored throughout last year for the creation of the 9/11 Commission, ostensibly in an effort to determine the nature of security lapses that left the nation vulnerable to attack. Yet once the commission commenced its work, the partisan politics that ultimately governed it became disgracefully apparent.

Jamie Gorelick, a commission member, proved to be untouchable, though she had obviously played a key role in the bureaucratic bungling that unraveled America's security network. And few people honestly doubt that Sandy Berger's purpose for pilfering and destroying documents from the National Archives was to hide evidence of Clinton administration lapses that seriously degraded national security.

Other examples abound. Whether in regards to education, national security, or the rule of law, it is no exaggeration to conclude that the modern Democrat party has become an obsessively self-serving political animal.

Its refusal to take any action, other than issuing incessant demands for more money, proves that it holds an ultimate loyalty to special interests at expense of those supposedly intended to be beneficiaries.

Democrats are indeed playing games of fraud and deceit when discussing the future of Social Security. During the last decade, they played such games with the nation's security apparatus, smug in their presumptions of immunity from any consequences. But reality hit home on September 11, 2001. The clock is ticking on Social Security.

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