“I guarantee you, flat guarantee you, there will be no changes in Social Security. I flat guarantee you.”
—-Vice President Joe Biden, in reply to a supporter at a campaign stop in southern Virgina who told him, “I’m glad you all are not talking about doing anything with Social Security.”
The Washington Post picked up on the above quote by Biden, which it made the subject of an editorial and pronounced “depressing.” It is more than depressing, but then, the Post has to protect Democrats even when they prove themselves irresponsible or dishonest, as Biden does with this “guarantee.” As the Post quite accurately points out, Social Security is going broke, its trustees have called for immediate reforms, and the longer the government waits to do what is needed, the harder it is going to be to do it. Biden, however, and presumably his superior, President Obama, apparently believes that either refusing to take the steps that are essential to prevent a Social Security meltdown or lying to the public about the fact that they will have to take them is preferable to the alternative: responsible fiscal policy and governance and leveling with the public. Critics can scream about the broken system, economists can repeat the math, op-ed writers can warn against constantly “kicking the can down the road” until, like Greece and other profligate and incompetent societies, there is no more road, but if our leaders refuse to show political courage and do their duty, the U.S. has a guarantee, all right—a guarantee of future fiscal catastrophe. That’s okey-dokey with politicians like Biden however. He doesn’t need Social Security, and besides, he’ll be happily drooling in Madam Kluck’s Home for the Bewildered by then. Based on his recent conduct, maybe sooner than he thinks.
Of course, the voter who prompted Biden’s dishonest or irresponsible “guarantee”—and let’s hope it was just dishonest, in this case the lesser of two ethical breaches—is equally at fault. He doesn’t care what happens to the nation in the future either, to retirees-to-be or the next generation of tax-payers, as long as he gets his, now. His attitude is also irresponsible, and quite despicable. He is part of the voting public (or the ignorant and lazy non-voting public) that is responsible for electing feckless and pandering pols like Biden, and as such, it is his responsibility to pay for the damage they do with his blessing. That means accepting a reduction in Social Security benefits to ensure there is Social Security of some sort for seniors who need it decades from now. He, and the millions like him, most of whom reside on the membership rolls of the AARP, are just as unethical as Biden.
But they aren’t Vice President.
Facts: Washington Post
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