No more enabling
Matthew Yglesias and Brad DeLong both endorse my "Judgment Is The Issue" approach (though they fail to acknowledge my authorship, but that's okay by me.) Both Mathew and Brad point out that Social Security is the least of our problems right now. By meeting the President halfway on his proposals we would be tacitly endorsing his decision to place it at the top of the agenda where it simply doesn't belong.
Traditionally, the political classes defer to the President when it comes to setting the national agenda. But when that President repeatedly demonstrates poor judgment in setting that agenda, it is the responsibility of others to step forward and steer it back on course. To do otherwise is to simply enable his bungling. It must stop.