The Nation - Selected Editorial

Carrol Cox cbcox at
Mon Jul 20 07:56:21 PDT 1998

On Social Security: Cockburn predicted (shortly before or after the 96 election) that Clinton's next great achievement after destroying public aid (and probably in the middle run shortening millions of lives) would be to destroy Social Security. So far the prediction looks good.

Not too many weeks ago the WSJ in an editorial predicted that by opening the issue of Social Security Clinton had unleashed a project he could not control. Their explicit assumption was that Clinton did *not* want to destroy Social Security, but that his actions would achieve that goal. This minuet between the WSJ and the Clinton Administration, like the Dukakis campaign of 88, could provide a field day for conspiracy theorists. Clinton does the dirty work; the WSJ provides the cover by accusing him of being a liberal.


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