It used to be that any attempt to so much as breath a whiff about reforming, changing, or even discussing reform or change of "Social Security", the massive Ponzi-scheme social welfare entitlement system set up by the Democrat Party a half century ago, meant something near political suicide, at least amongst the American government, political, and media establishments.
Social Security has never been reformed, because it can never really be fixed. It is a fundamental failure that is openly-acknowledged as utterly unsustainable no matter how much money the welfare statists print and throw down the tube to sustain it. It's demise is inevitable, but hopefully not as just another casualty of the total collapse of our economic system under the weight of Leviathan's bottomless bloat.
The hysterical, fear-mongering decades-running sandbag defense of this scam of a ruse of 'security' in elder years, brought to you by our efficient, benevolent federal overseers, was a potent force for many years.
But has the wider public now gained an intuitive understanding from this runaway trainwreck of a system that letting the camel's nose under the tent on issues of such broad and deep impact on the country will soon follow with the whole hungry camel lodged in your living room?
I think so. I think we are seeing the latest exercise in the reality that attempting to impose "health care reform" on America by federal government fiat is the new third rail American politics.
It is fitting that instead of this third rail shocking those who would reduce or end government's control over a broad social good (such as by halting an unsustainable federal dole of across-the-board old-age financial entitlement, deceptively dubbed "Social Security"), instead it is administering rapid political jolts those who seek political control over the even broader and more endemic social good of health care.
Bill Clinton got instant karma, in political terms, for manipulation, monomaniacal arrogance, and partisan warfare as tools to make the federal government the omnipotent force in our country's health care "system". Clinton's hubris and unwelcome paternalistic excess cost his party their 40-year run controlling 1/2 or all of the United States Congress, before he had even reached 2 years in office.
I was lucky enough in January 1995 to be sitting on the floor of the House amidst the new Republican majority when Clinton announced the end to big government's "era", in his State of the Union address. Ashame that new Republican majority didn't hold him to it, before devolving into their own federal power binge under the autocrat Bush....leading to their recent political demise.
But the worm can turn fast in political terms....if opponents repeat or, better, magnify their mistakes. Barack Obama looks to be headed on that same 1st-term Clinton trajectory, but with even more gusto.....grasping that third rail, locked arm-in-arm with his and his party's entire identity and credibility at stake.
We'll see if the GOP and the broad range of other (non-political) forces marshaling against the ObamaCare Nightmare will repeat the same mistakes as the last beneficiaries of the public's punishment of the last unitary Democrat majority and their mania to assert federal control over something as profound as the health of each and every citizen in the land.
I hope the forces of limited, accountable government finally have the day and win out over the welfare statists, trite central planners and their legion of enablers cocooned inside the D.C. beltway.