Monday, December 27, 2004

Consistency

Via Josh Marshall at TPM, the Bush administration is now making the case for Social Security reform along the same lines as they made for the build-up to the war in Iraq. The clue comes from the Wall Street Journal:

The president has yet to lay out specific ideas for changing the entitlement program; he and his aides are focused first on selling the idea of change. “For a while, I think it’s important for me to continue to work with members of both parties to explain the problem,” he said in a Monday news conference.

Josh then notes:

This would suggest that we’re now in the lying and fear-mongering phase of the campaign, which would be followed of course by a later phase in which a specific policy remedy is brought forward, nominally meant to address the fake problem.

If the lesson of Iraq is any guide, though, you know that the solutions they come up with will make the real problem worse off than it was before Bush got ahold of it.