Thursday, April 10, 2003

The Good Ole Days:In today's Minneapolis Star Tribune there is a story about former Vice President Walter Mondale and former Senator Georgre McGovern talking about the "high tide" of liberalism in the 1960s and castigating the present Administration. I have many criticisms about Bush, but I'm interested in how Democrats are pretty much stuck in the 60s. They want to relive those halcyon days. That is part of their problem. Here in Minnesota, the Democrats tend to rely on the Old Guard such as Mondale and end up losing. Yes, the Democratic agenda that passed such civil rights laws have greatly improved this country. But that was 40 years ago. What is their plan for the 21st Century? Take Social Security. This plan was created in an age when people were not expected to live long and many people stayed in jobs for 20, 30 even 40 years. Today, we live much longer and move around from job to job. Also with the graying of America it will be impossible for Social Security in its present form to be viable. Is it really so cruel so place some of Social Security in the stock market? I mean the Democrats that denounce any attempts of "privatization" surely have 401(k)s. Could we not change to a system that placed the money in the market under government regulation?

The current Administration has major shortfalls. But the Democrats need to take off the tie dye and start living in 2003.


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