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Talking to a Stone Wall

Tuesday, 01 March 2005 12:00 AM

Some of these reports have focused on town hall meetings in Florida, a state overloaded with doddering old members of the Social Security brigade. They are among the most shrill foes of doing anything about Social Security even if it means that doing nothing will destroy the system and guarantee that those younger than 55 will never see a cent of the money they are now paying into the system to fund all those monthly checks old folks are now getting.

I can't help but notice that it was in Boca Raton, Florida, that some of these elderly voters had to go running to mental health therapists to get help in dealing with the psychological damage they suffered as a result of the re-election of George W. Bush. It scares me to think that people like this can kill reform by frightening members of Congress from backing the president on this issue.

Like the members of Congress, I've been trying to explain that we folks now on the Social Security dole have not get a damned thing to worry about. As the president has insisted over and over, any changes in the system will have absolutely no effect whatsoever on those now getting their Social Security checks – or, for that matter, anyone over the age of 55. No effect at all.

Unfortunately, hordes of those now on the system or others in the 55-and-over phalanx don't seem to be listening. They remind me of the story of the devout old Jewish gentleman in Jerusalem who prayed constantly at the Wailing Wall from dawn to dusk, day after day for forty years. When asked if his prayers were being answered, he replied: "Are you kidding? It's like talking to a stone wall."

It appears that trying to convince a lot of my fellow older Americans they have nothing to worry about if Social Security is reformed is like "talking to a stone wall."

So cup your wrinkled hand to your tin ear and listen carefully: PLANNED REFORMS OF THE SOCIAL SECURITY SYSTEM WILL HAVE NO EFFECT ON THOSE NOW RECEIVING MONTHLY CHECKS, OR ANYONE 55 AND OVER AND SOON TO BE ELIGIBLE.

Got that?

Understand that to the members of the NSDAP the Social Security system is two things:

1. It is an issue they trot out in election years to scare senior citizens. ("Beware!" they screech. "The Republicans are out to kill Social Security and drive you out into the streets to starve and freeze to death!")

2. It is a gravy train they can loot at will - taking the FICA tax money out of the Social Security trust fund and replacing it with IOUs - in order to fund all their Marxist schemes without hiking income taxes.

That's what it's all about, and they are at it once again, lying to seniors about the president's plan to reform the system; claiming that there is no crisis even though, together with President Clinton, they insisted back in the '90s that there was; and dishonestly implying that the reforms will endanger seniors' monthly checks.

Art Linkletter took note of that canard when he recently told Fox News' Neil Cavuto, "If your doctor told you that the colonoscopy you just had revealed a small cancer which is going to kill you in 25 years, I'll bet you'd consider yourself in crisis right now, wouldn't you?"

Linkletter also took aim at AARP, founded during the 1960 presidential campaign to help Jack Kennedy among senior voters and headed for years by a former Democrat Capitol Hill aide, Cy Brickfield: "The AARP [a big critic of the Bush plan] is probably the largest liberal lobby group in Washington, with some 33 million people."

He could have added that AARP is now helping the NSDAP in its attempt to kill reform of the system.

And before any of you professional senior citizens start cackling at me for calling you old fogies, understand that 1) I'm a very old fogy myself – in July I'll enter my 80th year; and 2) I'm probably older than any of you, so just shut up – I can't hear you anyway.

Phil Brennan is a veteran journalist who writes for NewsMax.com. He is editor & publisher of Wednesday on the Web (http://www.pvbr.com) and was Washington columnist for National Review magazine in the 1960s. He also served as a staff aide for the House Republican Policy Committee and helped handle the Washington public relations operation for the Alaska Statehood Committee which won statehood for Alaska. He is also a trustee of the Lincoln Heritage Institute and a member of the Association of Former Intelligence Officers.

He can be reached at phil@newsmax.com

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