Bush's Social Security Smoke Screen
As we previously discussed in "The Party of Choice", the Bush Social Security privatization is only loosely concerned about increasing market returns for retirement savings, providing greater freedom to American investors or even staving off a supposed funding crisis. Win or lose, the Bush plan seeks nothing less than to dramatically redefine the role of government while cementing the image of a majority Republican Party as the party of choice.
But you don't have to take our word for it. An email recently unearthed from Karl Rove deputy Peter Wehner bluntly states the administration's goals and strategies:
Wehner's nakedly cynical memo, is of course wrong on virtually every substantive point of public policy. But in one claim, Wehner speaks a painful truth, a warning that Democrats are viewed as "party of obstruction and opposition. It is the Party of the Past."