GWB, liberal

Heretic! Stone him! In discussing his plan to wreck Social Security on CNBC today, he said *private* account and not *personal* account.

Remember when the Republicans proposed “private accounts” to partially replace Social Security, found that “private” didn’t poll well, switched to talking about “personal accounts,” and charged that the news media were showing liberal bias when they kept the original label rather than going along with the GOP desire for a new label?

Seems the Privateer-in-Chief didn’t get the memo. In talking about his ambition to revive the idea in the next Congress, GWB spoke openly of “private savings accounts.”

I guess GWB is one more media personality with a liberal bias. Who knew?

Author: Mark Kleiman

Professor of Public Policy at the NYU Marron Institute for Urban Management and editor of the Journal of Drug Policy Analysis. Teaches about the methods of policy analysis about drug abuse control and crime control policy, working out the implications of two principles: that swift and certain sanctions don't have to be severe to be effective, and that well-designed threats usually don't have to be carried out. Books: Drugs and Drug Policy: What Everyone Needs to Know (with Jonathan Caulkins and Angela Hawken) When Brute Force Fails: How to Have Less Crime and Less Punishment (Princeton, 2009; named one of the "books of the year" by The Economist Against Excess: Drug Policy for Results (Basic, 1993) Marijuana: Costs of Abuse, Costs of Control (Greenwood, 1989) UCLA Homepage Curriculum Vitae Contact: Markarkleiman-at-gmail.com

5 thoughts on “GWB, liberal”

  1. Maybe there's some sort of principle of conservation of bogus histories of propaganda phrases. Conservatives had already convinced some of the media that "Social Security privatization" and "the nuclear option" were phrases invented by liberals, so when they determined that another conservative-created phrase, "stay the course", wasn't polling so well either, they had to take "privatization" back in order to make "stay the course" into an un-phrase.

  2. I'm posing a little battle between "supply-side" Bush who has adopted the Pozner plan v. Nobel Prize winner supply-side Prescott who should just depise the Pozner Social Security plan. Details over at Angrybear.

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