Sunday, February 27, 2005

Letting Them Up When You Have Them Down

Today's Washington Post is reporting that the Congressional wing of the GOP (and maybe the President?) is looking for compromise on Social Security.

As Outside the Beltway (a privatization fan) says:

If the president can get this deal, he should certainly take it. Once the camel's nose is under the tent, and the public's fears of partial privitization are allayed, the margins can be increased.

This, of course, is the whole point. Democrats don't have to compromise, they are winning.

Generally, I favor compromise, especially when it leads to greater comity, but compromise in this case means losing. The Democrats are on the side of the majority for a change, they should use that power. The public does not want to change what may be the most successful government program in the history of the country. Compromise just lets the GOP try to make their changes slowly and under the radar.

My sense is that Democrats are finally getting it, when you have them on their back, you don't let them back up - you put your foot on their throat. But it only takes a couple of defectors to lose the battle, so vigilance is necessary. (Are you listening Sen. Lieberman?)