I think everyone on both sides (if there are only two) of the debate that unfolded on David Frum’s and my blogs yesterday regarding the appropriate use and meaning of the words, ‘incipient’ and ‘imminent’ will find this editorial in the Manchester Union Leader something to laugh about.
The only problem is that the editorialists there need to know that there are incipient social security problems that can be dealt with now — with relatively minor benefits adjustments — thus precluding a future crisis. What is imminent is a health care crisis in the nation and ballooning Medicare costs that seem to be strangely absent in this debate about the demographically driven financial challenges facing the country.
I don’t want to debate social security here today; we’ll leave that battle for another time. But the headline of the article was too good to pass up.
— Steve Clemons
(ed. note — thanks to VS for sending this)