Bill Murchison

It's a funny thing about "implied promises." With such, there's usually more implication than promise. What if there's no money to pay off -- the precise state at which our "compacts" are fast arriving?

With fewer and fewer active workers supporting more and more retirees, some custom tailoring becomes essential. Congressman Paul Ryan, like the majority of intelligent congressmen, has in mind reformulating Social Security and Medicare -- not to undermine them, as Obama hopes he can make us believe, but rather to save them before they die of financial starvation. For instance, he'd keep Americans 55 and over on Medicare -- in recognition of the fact that there won't be enough Medicare tax money to take on more. The care of the presently young and middle-aged he would subsidize with federal vouchers.

Is it the best way to go? That's what debates are for -- to put proffered solutions to the test. No debate is going to be easy -- alas -- with presidents and editorial writers yelling bloody murder over compacts that don't exist.

Nonetheless, it figures. The whole idea that all-knowing government can foresee and provide for all basic human needs is arrogance and fraud yoked together. That's the truth Obama doesn't wish us to stumble across. Expect more and more yelling and less and less -- oh, let's be polite -- political candor.

Bill Murchison

Bill Murchison is the former senior columns writer for The Dallas Morning News and author of There's More to Life Than Politics.
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