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October 17, 2004

Bush's Radical Second Term

Ron Suskind's NYTimes piece is chilling in its description of a man who thinks he's on a mission from God, which means he doesn't have to listen to other people or deal with reality. But buried in the piece is what Bush has largely been avoiding in the campaign, discussing what he would actually do if reelected. Talking to a "confidential luncheon a block away from the White House with a hundred or so of his most ardent, longtime supporters, the so-called R.N.C. Regents," Bush said:

''I'm going to push nuclear energy, drilling in Alaska and clean coal. Some nuclear-fusion technologies are interesting.''

''I'm going to come out strong after my swearing in,'' Bush said, ''with fundamental tax reform, tort reform, privatizing of Social Security.'' The victories he expects in November, he said, will give us ''two years, at least, until the next midterm. We have to move quickly, because after that I'll be quacking like a duck.''

Emphasize that phrase, "privatizing social security": he's avoided the phrase on the campaign trail but that's the goal. Kill the system and hand it over to Wall Street, leaving the poor in the dirt when they retire.

If progressives can do anything in the last couple of weeks, it's to emphasize this sentence by Bush and let the public know that Bush is seeking to end social security as they know it.

Kerry is already hitting hard on this issue:

``We just learned yesterday that the president told his biggest and wealthiest donors about his big 'January surprise,''' Kerry told the black congregation. ``He's to come out strong, in his words, to fight for his plans to privatize Social Security.''
We all need to repeat and repeat this line of attack.

(Thanks to MyDD)

Posted by Nathan at October 17, 2004 03:40 PM