Milwaukee OnLine Journal Of Social Enterprise


February, 2005

I’ve been really pissed by Bush’s lies and omissions in the current Social Security debate. The title of the program is actually “Old Age, Survivors and Disability Insurance” (OASDI), and it’s not simply a pension scheme. What will be the effect on those who depend on survivor and disability benefits? More than likely Bush’s efforts will result in moving more people into poverty. Most people who depend on survivor benefits are lower and middle-income folks who do not have other sources of income.

On a personal level, my and my wife’s life would be much different without survivor’s benefits. My father died when I was a senior in high school and there were three younger siblings, the youngest being only three. My wife’s father died when she was 14. Our mothers were able to keep home and hearth together only with the benefits of OASDI. Neither of us would have been able to attend university without this insurance. We are not unique in this experience. You probably also know friends and relatives who had similar events in their lives.

The following excerpt highlights Bush’s strategy:

From the AP:

The success of President Bush’s push to remake Social Security depends on convincing the public that the system is “heading for an iceberg,” according to a White House strategy e-mail that makes the case for cutting benefits promised for the future.

Calling the effort “one of the most important conservative undertakings of modern times,” Karl Rove deputy Peter Wehner says in the e-mail that “the Social Security battle is one we can win.” Doing so would advance the idea of limited government and could transform the nation’s political landscape, he said.

“We have it within our grasp to move away from dependency on government and toward giving greater power and responsibility to individuals,” Wehner, director of White House Strategic Initiatives, said in the e-mail. He called the Democratic Party the “party of obstruction and opposition. It is the Party of the Past.”
Individual accounts will not “save” Social Security, but will only increase the deficit and destroy the insurance focus of the current plan which, like all insurance, spreads the risks of loss of income to all workers. What can you do? How about something as simple as writing a letter? It is imperative that Representative Sensenbrenner hears from his constituents and others that his support for Bush’s plan will have a disastrous consequence for those least able to survive lost income. You can write or phone him at:

120 Bishops Way, Room 154
Brookfield, WI 53005–6294
Telephone: (262) 784–1111

Please do it now.

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