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A fair-minded pundit falls into a right-wing trap on Social Security
A fair-minded pundit falls into a right-wing trap on Social Security

New York Magazine's Jonathan Chait is usually a judicious and perceptive analyst of the intersection between politics and economics. So it's disappointing to see him blindly falling in step with a conservative attack on Social Security. Chait's error is part of his otherwise astute analysis of the Republican Party's demographic quandary. He writes that the GOP, by focusing its appeal on older Americans, has become trapped in a "self-perpetuating cycle" in which it attracts mainly old people, and thus represents the interests only of old people. (His theme is based partially on an analysis by David Frum in Foreign Affairs.) In making his point, Chait...

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