Thursday, March 27, 2008

Ron Paul has a bipartisan plan for Social Security

Ron Paul is like the smart kid in the class the teacher no longer likes to call upon to give answers because he’s right most of the time. In the case of solving the Social Security problem Ron Paul has a solution that both Democrats and Republicans could love. If only they’d pay attention to the man.

Yesterday, the trustees for Social Security and Medicare released a report saying that both will be completely depleted by 2041 and 2019 respectively. The “oxy-moronic” thing about this is that these programs are deemed “trust funds” in the first place. There’s certainly no trust in a fund that is slated to eventually be wiped out.

Throughout his campaign Ron Paul has repeatedly outlined a solution to the problem that gives both the Democrats and Republicans reason to smile. Paul proposes to utilize some of the massive amounts of money saved by switching to a non-intervention foreign policy to help those people currently dependent until the programs can be phased out over a long period of time. He would let the younger people immediately opt out of the program. The approach is a sensible and gradual approach.

Democrats want nothing more than for us to be out of Iraq. This plan takes care of that. Republicans want to phase out Social Security and other welfare programs due to their burden on the economy. This plan takes care of that.

One question is are the Democrats willing to make the hard compromise of allowing the Republicans to get their way with the phase out so we can bring our troops home from Iraq? The other question is, will the Republicans agree to declare victory in Iraq and bring our troops home in return for getting their wish to phase out these welfare programs? The answer to both questions is likely an emphatic “no”, unfortunately.

What this debate ultimately illustrates is the complete disregard from both sides for doing the right thing for the American people. Instead they prefer to swing their red and blue swords at each other quenching their incessant thirst for the political upper hand. For them it is about winning, not what is right.

Ron Paul gets criticized by many for being too principled and stuck in his ways. How ironic it is then that he has shown both parties the light of compromise at the end of the Social Security tunnel. If only they would interrupt their political gamesmanship and listen to the man.

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