The problem isn't that people don't understand how good things are. It's that they know, from personal experience, that things really aren't that good.
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I admit it: I had fun watching right-wingers go wild as health reform finally became law.
The fact that we're here celebrating Social Security shows some politicians' promises are worth more than others. Social Security as it is currently constituted is very efficient. We're talking about a system that really works quite well.
The fundamental fact of American politics - and I've sharpened my view on this since last year and the hardcover edition of the book - is that we've got an alliance between the religious right and the accumulators of great wealth. Those are the people who are running things.
But the vitriol also reflects the fact that many of the people at the Republican National Convention, for all their flag-waving, hate America. They want a controlled, monolithic society they fear and loathe our nation's freedom, diversity and complexity.
Social Security is a social insurance program - it is not designed to be the same thing as a 401(k).
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