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January 14, 2005
A Timid Protest

I never thought I'd hear myself saying this, but Josh Marshall is wrong.

Representatives waiting to protest Bush's plan for Social Security are absolutely doing the right thing in holding off any comments until an actual plan is made public.

Anyone who thinks the Bush White House wouldn't release bogus information in an effort to discredit protestors in advance is just delusional. I can easily picture the Bush Administration leaking a plan to dismantle the program by next year, riding out the protests, then reassuring the country that they only actually plan to dismantle the program by 2010, for pete's sake and just look at how those Evil Libruls do lie about things.

Later note....

I wrote to Mr. Marshall to protest him advocating that Democrats do any such silly thing and he clarified his position for me.

He doesn't believe Dems should respond to any of the leaks or rumors of specific proposals that are showing up in the national press...he thinks Dems should start now protesting against Bush's core concept, that Social Security must be privatized in order to "save" it.

And he's absolutely right about that. Congressional Dems (well, Democrats all over the county) need to start speaking out against that idea now. Loudly and clearly. By waiting to say anything until they see the specific proposal, Congressional Democrats are, once again, allowing the Bush Administration to set the terms of the debate and to get the first word in.

They're allowing the Bush Administration to make their lies "common knowledge" and we all know how hard it is to make someone who isn't really paying attention anyhow understand that "common knowledge" doesn't equal truth.

Posted by AnneZook at 03:51 PM