TITLE

Think Tank

AUTHOR(S)
Scheiber, Noam
PUB. DATE
April 2005
SOURCE
New Republic;4/18/2005, Vol. 232 Issue 14, p6
SOURCE TYPE
Periodical
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
This article comments on the Democratic Party's fear that they have run out of ideas. The latest twist in the Social Security debate isn't progressive benefit cuts or add-on accounts. It's a growing belief among Democrats that the party needs to offer an alternative to the president's proposal. Proponents of this view argue that, while George W. Bush may not have sold many voters on privatization, he has begun convincing them there's a crisis, which Democrats could be blamed for ignoring. There is simply nothing going in the realm of public opinion or on Capitol Hill to suggest that privatization might succeed. Nor is there much evidence that Democrats suffer by failing to acknowledge the ostensible crisis. Increasingly, Democrats think that their failure to offer a Social Security plan reflects a fundamental lack of ideas.
ACCESSION #
16738168

 

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