Josh Marshal is exactly right, we are approaching the most critical stage of the early Social Security battle. The administration is now signaling that it may be willing to adjust its plans in the face of an unexpectedly united Democratic front. But this is precisely the time when Democrats most need to be united. We need to make it clear to the Democrats that they need to make it clear to Bush that any legislation dealing with Social Security must not include any provision for a phase out of any kind.
That is the line in the sand and Democrats must remain united on this point.
(BTW, If anyone ever develops the web equivalent of a Pulitzer I nominate Josh's work on the Social Security story. He's the best advocacy journalist around today, online or offline.)