pensions & fantasy

Doug Henwood dhenwood at
Thu Feb 25 21:04:19 PST 1999

All you rationalists who believe fantasy has no place in politics:

"'The AFL-CIO has had polling done, and they've convinced the unions and convinced me that the rightwing propaganda has been so successful, if you say there's no [forthcoming Social Security] crisis, people won't listen to you,' says Representative Jerry Nadler, a progressive Democrat from New York [from the neighborhood housing LBO world HQ, in fact], who supports the president's Social Security plan.

Does that mean the Democrats are backing a plan to fix a problem that doesn't exist?

'That's exactly right,' Nadler says. 'The problem is illusory, but you have to act as if it's real.'"

- Ruth Conniff, "Will Democrats Abandon Social Security," The Progressive, March 1999

The March Progressive also contains a painfully dumb article on "postmodernism" by Barbara Ehrenreich.


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