Thursday, January 20, 2005

In this New Republic article, Peter Beinart asks "Why is President Bush having more trouble (so far) trying to partially privatize Social Security than he had cutting taxes in 2001?" Although Beinart see several possibilities, he explains why he thinks, "It may be that the GOP's victories in last November's elections, the very victories that Bush says give him the "political capital" to push through partial privatization, are actually making the effort harder. By killing off the Democrats most susceptible to his influence, Bush may have created a political dynamic that works for his opponents, and against him."