The Democrats’ Maginot Line

For several decades, the Democrats have viewed their opposition to any significant changes in the Social Security system as an impregnable defensive position–sort of like France’s Maginot Line. I wonder, though, whether times have changed sufficiently that President Bush might be able to outflank the Dems and drive them out of their bunkers with surprising ease.
Here’s why I say that: So far, the Democratic leadership in Congress has taken the position that they need not come up with a proposal for Social Security reform. Patrick O’Connor reported yesterday in the Hill:

House and Senate Democrats have decided against introducing an alternative Social Security reform plan yet, preferring instead to focus attention and criticism on President Bush


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