Social Security accounts was exactly what George Bushproposed in 2005 that was so soundly rejected by theAmerican people – the same plan Romney called a “goodidea” in 2007. Kessler cites a passage where Romney sayshe would “prefer” that such accounts be added to SocialSecurity rather than diverted from it. Well – I’d “prefer” tobe 6’5 and have six pack abs but running for President isn’t just about what you prefer but what you would do and whatyou would sign. Kessler leaps to the conclusion thatRomney’s supposed “preference” represents a renunciationof private accounts when it obviously does not. The obviousquestion of course, one Kessler chose not to ask the Romneycampaign, is what would he sign? This was a centralquestion around the Ryan-Republican plan to end Medicareas we know it. There too Romney tried to dodge thequestion but ultimately admitted he would sign the Ryan-Republican legislation to end Medicare and move to asystem of vouchers. Even if Kessler were right and Romney would now supportprivate accounts on top of Social Security why hasn’t headvocated for that on the campaign trail? Why just a singleline in a book written nearly two years ago? If Kesslerbelieves Romney’s supposed preference for accounts on topof Social Security is proof positive that he no longer supportsprivate Social Security accounts why isn’t Romneyadvocating for them on the campaign trail? In the debates?Did Kessler ask the Romney campaign this question?Apparently not.
Kessler also cites a video from a New Hampshire town hall inAugust. Kessler snipped a short portion of the back andforth Romney had with a voter on the issue of privatizationwhere he appears to reject the notion but actually simplydodges the question by, among other things, noting he hadnot mentioned it in his remarks. The rest of his remarks,which Kessler did not show, are a jumble where heeventually calls the
privatization “value-laden” andappears to be rejecting the “term” more so than the