Sharron Angle Reaffirms Her Plan To Privatize — Or "Personalize" — Social Security

June 22, 2010 11:33 am ET — Matt Finkelstein

Since her primary election victory, U.S. Senate nominee Sharron Angle (R-NV) has attempted to disguise her plan to privatize Social Security.  While her website unambiguously states that Social Security should be "transitioned out," Angle insists that she really wants to "save" and "personalize" the program.  Asked recently about the language on her website, she replied, "You believe the Harry Reid lie."

Nonetheless, Angle keeps adding fuel to the fire.  In a new interview with Human Events editor Jason Mattera, Angle reaffirmed her position that both Social Security and Medicare should be replaced with more "personal" alternatives in order to "keep the government out" of them.

ANGLE: [Harry Reid] doesn't care about seniors, he doesn't care about the next generation, and we need to be very thoughtful about saving Social Security and putting that money back into that lockbox so that folks can have some kind of guarantee and security about their future that they have paid into in good faith.  And going forward, we need to look at personalizing the Social Security and Medicare programs so that we can keep the government out of the lockbox, keep them from raiding our retirement and raiding our health care. 

Watch (quote begins at 1:10):

As Ben Armbruster recently explained, "there is no difference" between "personalizing" and "privatizing" — they are the exact same thing.  In fact, George W. Bush employed similar semantic tricks during his unsuccessful push to privatize Social Security in 2005.  The phraseology was dictated by GOP communications experts — including the notorious Frank Luntz — who warned that "privatization" implied a "total corporate takeover."