Tuesday, May 31, 2005

The Path of Most Resistance

President Bush is coming back to Kentucky for a Thursday lunchtime visit in Hopkinsville to bring attention to the need to reform Social Security.

Consistently and persistently "misunderestimated" by political opponents, Bush is, according to the liberal media, wasting his time trying to get Democrats to address entitlement reform. They are wrong on two fronts. If reform passes and the program's shortfall is addressed successfully, Democrats will have to hope no one notices. And they will be beyond help if personal accounts become the law of the land. While some conservatives complain that the President himself is selling PSA's short by making them too small for maximum effectiveness, anything that provides ownership and better returns on payroll taxes will be wildly popular. What may be even better is if reform opponents prevail and meaningful reform can't be enacted this year. Republicans love running against ideologically intransigent obstructionist Democrats. Democrats were supposed to be idealistic and optimistic. How fortunate for Republicans that Harry Reid's Dems get so juiced by grinding reform to a halt. It is almost as fortuitous as the circumstance of last year that had Democrat candidates running against the War on Terror. (For fun you can look up Ralph Nader's call to impeach Bush for "sexing up" the case for attacking Iraq. Last year? No, today!)

Politicians are famous for taking the easy way out. President Bush is gaining a reputation as one who makes decisions and goes to work to enact his ideas. History may well judge this hard-headed man favorably. If it does, his opponents will take in on the chin.

More fun reading can be found here in another "what liberals have to do to win" essay.