Wednesday, December 22, 2004

A GOP divide on Social Security reform?

My two favorite IL Republican congressmen seem split on the issue of Social Security Reform...well maybe not so much as to the merits of reform, but how politically damaging the issue could be (from the AP): "To be crassly political, there's nothing in it for members of Congress," said Rep. Ray LaHood, R-Ill., predicting that supportive lawmakers would face television ads accusing them of gutting Social Security when they run for re-election. "It will be a very, very tough sell for the president." ... "Cowardice is always an option," said moderate Rep. Mark Kirk, R-Ill., a supporter of moving ahead next year. "I think long-term political parties are built on bold statements and facing big problems." I don't know exactly what to think about this. Of course, Sen. Dick Durbin is against Bush's reforms and is in favor of funding Social Security. I think in light of the fact that our president blew our surplus and put us trillions into debt, isn't the "lock box" idea pretty much shot?

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