Thursday, February 10, 2005

The Horror!

Matthew Yglesias makes a good point which has nice strategic implications:

Most of us would rather not be part owners of corporations whose business models we have strong moral objections to. Unfortunately for us, neither socially responsible funds nor the ability to pick and choose stocks will be part of the president's proposal to take money out of the Social Security Trust Fund and put it into private accounts. If you want the chance at a secure retirement in the brave new world of the ownership society, vegetarians will have to own slaughterhouses, Catholics will have to distribute pornography, etc. Liberals have plenty of other reasons to oppose this move, but it ought to give social conservatives some pause. Do millions of values voters really want to become very junior partners in the Hollywood movie studios whose values they deplore? Probably not, but they probably also don't want to starve when they're old. Social Security gives you other choices, but private accounts don't.

That'll make them think twice.

Hey, Flanders, did you know your private account is investing in Trojan Condoms Corporation? Wow, I bet Michael Moore appreciates it that you've invested in the company distributing his films. George Soros used yours and every other freeper's dollars to make a killing in arbitrage! He'll probably give his share of the profits to the DemocraticUnderground!