Monday, March 07, 2005

Social Security Debate:
Veruka Salt v Charlie Bucket

Fact: The most wildly popular children's stories teach universal truths.

Case in Point: Charlie And The Chocolate Factory, by Roald Dahl, teaches children that honesty and integrity are eventually rewarded.

One of the villains in the novel, Veruka Salt, wants the whole world, and she wants it now!

Veruka's greed and snotty superior attitude lead to her eventual judgment and incineration.

She was a bad egg, indeed.

The novel's unlikely hero, Charlie Bucket, admits his mistakes and realizes how his innocent Fizzy Lifting Drink episode causes extra work and lost revenue for the Oompah-Loompahs.

Charlie ends up running the entire chocolate factory... and lives happily ever after.

So, what does a Roald Dahl children's story have to do with BushCo's attempted rape of your Guaranteed Social Security Benefits?

It's not Rocket Science, folks.

It's more like children's literature.

All you have to do is decide who's the good guy and who's the bad guy...

Which should be pretty easy if you think about it.

Here's a clue for my Republican readers (aka Lurkers)...

Greedy Bastards are always The Bad Guys.

Selfless Champions of the People (or of the Oompah-Loompahs) are always The Good Guys.

While your Guaranteed Social Security Benefits check may not be a golden ticket...

... Right now, it's still guaranteed.

Republicans have been trying to dismantle your Guaranteed Social Security Benefits Program since its introduction in 1935.

Flash forward to George W.'s first political campaign...

Fact: In 1978, failed US Congressional candidate, George W. Bush, warned that your Social Security System would be bankrupt by 1988.
One Tuesday in the summer of 1978, in the heat of his unsuccessful race for a House seat from West Texas, Mr. Bush went to Midland Country Club to give a campaign speech to local real estate agents and discussed the issue in terms not much different from those he uses now.

Social Security "will be bust in 10 years unless there are some changes," he said, according to an account published the next day in The Midland Reporter-Telegram. "The ideal solution would be for Social Security to be made sound and people given the chance to invest the money the way they feel." NYT LINK

Universal Truth: No one ever accused George W. and/or his (cough) advisers (cough) of being either honest or smart.

Which brings us to today's umpteen-billionth attempt by Republicans to rape your Guaranteed Social Security benefits Program...

I could list zillions of Republican lies and even more Republican distortions concerning their (cough) rationale (cough) for separating you and yours from your Guaranteed Social Security Benefits...

But George W. has yet to release the details of his actual Social Security Plan (aka Phase-Out Plan).

Besides, Tom Toles always does it better, anyway...

All you have to do is ask yourself...

Do you teach your children to root for The Good Guys or The Bad Guys?

Are we a nation of Veruka Salts or Charlie Buckets?

And which characters will fight to preserve your Guaranteed Social Security benefits?

Heavy, heavy sigh.


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