Letter: A new third rail

Wednesday, December 13, 2017
A new third rail

I remember the days not so long ago when Social Security was considered the third rail in politics. As recently as 2016, candidate Trump promised his voters that he would not cut Social Security or Medicare. Now in order to offset the huge deficit that will be created by the proposed tax cut for the wealthiest Americans, congressional Republicans plan to take on entitlement reform.

It will be interesting to watch whether the president keeps his promise or bends to pressure to weaken the benefits that modest wage earners have paid for in taxes.

There is now a new third rail in politics, sexual ethics.

Democrats turned a blind eye to Bill Clinton’s exploitation of a young female intern and are now paying the price by being forced to impose a zero tolerance policy on misconduct that ranges from tasteless jokes to sexual assault, rape and pedophilia. For its part, Republicans are choosing to ignore the statements of accusers they found credible just a few short weeks ago when they asked Roy Moore to step down.

Most agree that the courage of women to come forward when they have been demeaned by sexual harassment and assault is a long overdue and very positive development in our society. In 2018, it will be interesting to see whether Donald Trump and Roy Moore are held to the same standard as Al Franken for far more serious allegations.