Commentary
Social Security needs reforming

Michael Ford
Managing Editor 

   President Bush gave the greatest speech of his presidency Feb. 2. The fifth State of the Union Address submerged Americans in an exemplary 53-minute collage of his achievements and ambitions. However, one key issue seemed to take precedence over everything else: Social Security reform.

   The Democrats’ refusal to support President Bush’s idea of privatizing Social Security puzzles me to no end. Interestingly enough, Bill Clinton and Al Gore both believed Social Security faced a fiscal crisis, and none of the Democratic Party would dare dispute them. However, when President Bush suggests reforming it, the left strongly opposes. This example of Democrats refusing to give the president credit shows how the left would rather be loyal to their party than to their country.

   If President Bush decided to maintain Social Security’s current state, Democrats would be demanding its reform. The progressive left, apparently, feels obligated to disagree with the president at all costs; besides, Hollywood made it culturally trendy to do so.

   It seems as though only people who will not be affected by the privatization of Social Security, oppose it. The 55-and-over crowd leads the coalition against the idea, which makes me believe they maintain a vendetta against today’s youth.

   According to President Bush’s speech, by the year 2042 (when I turn 60), the entire system will be exhausted and bankrupt. So if we totally ignore President Bush, Clinton and Gore, and leave the system alone like most Democrats and senior citizens want, I will face a choice when I am 60 years old: work or die?

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The Voice, 2005
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