Hell hath no fury like a scammer foiled. The card shark caught marking the deck, the auto dealer caught resetting a used car's odometer, is rarely contrite. On the contrary, they're usually angry, and they lash out at their intended marks, crying hypocrisy.One of the many cool things about our man Krugman is that he's an economist. This makes his bullshit cutter particularly sharp.
And so it is with those who would privatize Social Security. They didn't get away with scare tactics, or claims to offer something for nothing. Now they're accusing their opponents of coddling the rich and not caring about the poor.
Well, why not? It's no more outrageous than other arguments they've tried. Remember the claim that Social Security is bad for black people?
The point is that the privatizers consider four years of policies that relentlessly favored the wealthy a fait accompli, not subject to reconsideration. Now that tax cuts have busted the budget, they want us to accept large cuts in Social Security benefits as inevitable. But they demand that we praise Mr. Bush's sense of social justice, because he proposes bigger benefit cuts for the middle class than for the poor.Read. Learn.
Sorry, but no. Mr. Bush likes to play dress-up, but his Robin Hood costume just doesn't fit.