One of the oddest things about the Bush Social Security campaign — after the fact that they started it at all — is the constant repletion of the mantra that today's elderly won't have their benefits cut. That clangs every time I hear it.
Given the highly effective Democratic scare-mongering on this issue in past elections, one can see why the Bush crowd might think it needed to preempt this criticism. But to trumpet it in a manner which to my ear screams 'everyone else gets the shaft'?
Needlenose noticed this too, but he has a good comeback which neatly ties the two elements together:
From the Department of Accidentally Opened Doors: The' message to seniors should be: “Look how far George Bush and his party are from your values. They think you can be bought — that you'll sell out your kids and grandkids as long as they don't personally cut your benefits.”