Social Security has been built over an array of broken promises and costly changes. The alterations are costly, not only for government, but also for the nation’s working people. The program’s initiator, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, promised that it would be completely voluntary. Try to withdraw from it, and you’ll see the non-existing worth of that promise.
The publication of a new biography of Dr. Russell Kirk should be an event of interest to all traditional conservatives. Not only did Russell Kirk likely do more than anyone else in his day to explain what it meant to be conservative, but the conservatism he believed in is increasingly at odds with that which is promulgated by neoconservatives and political opportunists today.
The fundamental flaw in the conservative budgets is philosophical: Like much of modern American conservatism, the budget accepts the notion that that the American government is both constitutionally authorized to, and capable of, running the economy, running our lives, and running the world.