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  Wrong Way Steny
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Last EditedCraverguy  May 10, 2009 05:27pm
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News DateFriday, May 8, 2009 04:20:00 PM UTC0:0
DescriptionWrong Way Riegels became a football legend when Roy Riegels, captain of the California football team in the 1929 Rose Bowl, picked up a fumble and rumbled the wrong way down the field. He was prevented from scoring a touchdown for the opposing team only when one of his own players tackled him.

Wrong Way Corrigan passed into legend in 1939 when Douglas Corrigan took off from Brooklyn, New York, on a fight back to California — and landed in Ireland.

Now we have the political equivalent: Wrong Way Steny Hoyer could become a political legend for going the wrong way on Social Security unless his own teammates tackle him.

Joining conservative hysteria about long-term deficits, Hoyer has decided that the way to solve the deficit problem is to focus on cutting entitlements. And the way to cut entitlements is to start with Social Security, cutting benefits for some, raising the retirement age again. And the way to get this done is to create a bipartisan commission, and fast track whatever it recommends through the Congress, trying to ramrod a vote with no amendments before the public gets wise to the deal.

This is the essence of wrong-way politics — wrong on problem, wrong on answer, wrong on politics. Wrong Way Steny is going in the wrong direction.
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