By Howard Dean
But there is no truth to the Bush administration's claim that there is an imminent crisis in Social Security the Social Security Trust Fund's potential shortfall is $3.7 trillion over the next seventy-five years. By comparison, the Medicare Trust Fund shortfall will be $8.1 trillion, and the deficit caused by the president's tax cuts will be $11.6 trillion. The crisis is not in Social Security the crisis is the "borrow and spend" philosophy espoused by Republicans in Congress and the White House. Leadership which has no willingness or ability to think or act in our long-term interest is not leadership at all.
If America is to continue to be great and strong, we need leadership which is great and strong. We need to be told the truth about our financial problems and we need a plan of action motivated by facts, not scaremongering and propaganda.
The Republicans need to start thinking long term and make the following reforms.
Sooner or later our children pay for this borrowing with a lower standard of living, an inability to pay for college and health care, and an inability to buy American products to create American job opportunities.
The debate over the future of Social Security - and every debate with this Administration provides Democrats with an opportunity to drive home the fact that that we are the party of fiscal responsibility, economic responsibility, social responsibility, civic responsibility, personal responsibility, and moral responsibility. On issue after issue, Democrats are where the majority of the American people are. We just have to stand up for what we believe in.
If America is to continue to
be great and strong, we need leadership which is great and strong.
We need to be told the truth about our financial problems, followed
by a plan of action based on facts, not propaganda.
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