Two guest bloggers, Jonathan Chait over at Talking Points Memo
and Brad Plumer over at Washington Monthly
both caught this uplifting conclusion to a Post article
on Social Security:
By and large, the elderly do understand the president has promised not to touch their Social Security checks, according to polling.
But that is not relevant to their political opposition, Smorodin said, noting that older people also worry that pension benefit cuts will hurt their children and grandchildren.
At 69, Gene Wallace knows the White House's proposal would have no impact on his Social Security check, but if Bush believes that will silence the Republican mayor of Coldwater, Mich., Wallace grumbled, "he's all wet."
"I'm a parent as well as a grandparent. Somewhere along the line, they are going to be eligible for retirement assistance," he said, with all the energy he could muster three weeks after open-heart surgery. "It's everybody's concern what happens to this country."
In other words, those that know Social Security the best understand the program works and want to make sure their children and grandchildren have the same great program available for them as well.