Kerry may be perfect debt-panel choice - for the GOP

August 20, 2011

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DOUGLAS BRINKLEY (Op-ed, Aug. 13) says that Senator John Kerry is a perfect choice for the deficit reduction supercommittee, because the senator won’t compromise on core values. But what are Kerry’s core values on deficits? On July 20 (“Late plan offers hope in debt battle,’’ Page A1), you reported that the senator was enthusiastic about a plan that would cut Social Security while not raising net taxes on the wealthy. To my mind, this makes the senator a right-of-center Republican, at best (contrast how the same plan was viewed by Representatives James McGovern and Barney Frank).

The so-called crisis facing Social Security is a myth, as is the idea that raising taxes is a job killer. Thus, Kerry’s enthusiasm for that plan makes him an enabler, along with Barack Obama, in both the GOP’s plan to destroy Social Security and Medicare and in the GOP’s strategy of government for the rich, of the rich, and, at least in the case of the senator, by the rich.

Ezra S. Abrams