One Wondrous Sentence: Protecting Social Security (or not)

December 11, 2012

This one wondrous sentence, shows how some conservative strategists are urging Republicans to play a long game, in part by extending the payroll tax cut that will expire at the end of this year, while pursuing an anti-Social Security agenda.

The program should come to be seen (as it has always in fact functioned) as part of the government’s overall budget, and therefore part of its budget problem, rather than being shielded from reform thanks to a misunderstanding of how the government uses the money it raises through a regressive tax that makes the lives of working families harder.

Source:  James C. Capretta and Yuval Levin, “The GOP’s Payroll Tax Opportunity,” The Weekly Standard, Dec. 10, 2012. (Link is to third of three pages.)

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