“After Bush got reelected in 2004, the first thing he said was, let’s go privatize Social Security. … And you know what, their whole plan was, their plan was to give the Social Security trust fund to Wall Street. Imagine that.”
— Hillary Clinton, remarks during an MSNBC/Telemundo Democratic town hall in Las Vegas, Feb. 18, 2016
George W. Bush’s plan for private Social Security accounts — which died a quick death after even congressional Republicans balked at the idea — remains a favorite bogeyman of Democrats. Even more than a decade after the plan’s demise, the claim that the GOP will “privatize” Social Security still pops up in attack ads.
NOTE: Since the 30’s and Alf Landon Republicans have tried to kill Social Security.