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PDY blog for February 9, 2005

    The following was passed on to me by my beautiful cousin, Christina Young Bundenthal:

    February 2 was both Groundhog Day and the day of the State of the Union Address. This was an ironic juxtaposition: One event involved a meaningless ritual in which we looked to a creature of little intelligence for important prognostication;

    The other involved a groundhog.

    As if to confirm the above, we read today about the following exchange between President Bush and a woman concerned about the Republican plan to destroy Social Security.

    While talking with audience participants, the president met Mary Mornin, a woman in her late fifties who told the president she was a divorced mother of three, including a 'mentally challenged' son.

    The President comforted Mornin on the security of social security stating that 'the promises made will be kept by the government.'

    But without prompting, Mornin began to elaborate on her life circumstances.

    Begin transcript:

    MS. MORNIN: That’s good, because I work three jobs and I feel like I contribute.

    THE PRESIDENT: You work three jobs?

    MS. MORNIN: Three jobs, yes.

    THE PRESIDENT: Uniquely American, isn’t it? I mean, that is fantastic that you’re doing that. (Applause.) Get any sleep? (Laughter.)


    Lord help us all survive the next four years. This man’s behavior goes beyond embarrassment. “Get any sleep?” Laughter. Applause. Where are those WMDs?

    There were no WMDs; there is no "crisis" in social security.

    Keep in mind, these people aren’t out to fix Social Security, they’re out to do away with it. They’ve been trying to do that ever since it was enacted into law. It is a rare government program that supports itself, that actually works. Millions of us paid our dues into it and depend on getting our fair share back out of it. Does it really take a rocket scientist to figure out you don’t “save” a financially troubled program by borrowing $3 trillion? The only crisis is the reckless spending of this current administration. The federal deficit is already at an all time high and they want to borrow another $3 trillion?

    The Republicans keep talking about the Democrats as “tax and spend liberals.” What about the “Borrow and Spend reactionaries” who are creating debts their great grandchildren will never be able to pay off?