Prepare for a surge of “prebutting” in advance of President Bush’s State of the Union address Tuesday night. New to the Washington lexicon, that word defines the act of rebutting someone’s speech or announcement before the person even opens his mouth to speak.
Reporters received a deluge of “prebuttal” e-mails and faxes from Democrats and even some Republicans hours before Bush unveiled his new strategy for Iraq recently, all criticizing his points before he made them publicly.
A tidal wave of baby boomers will begin turning 62 next year, making them eligible for Social Security. How to keep this swell of beneficiaries from swamping the country’s retirement system looms as one of the toughest questions confronting the new 110th Congress.
The answer hinges partly on how long boomers are willing to work and the incentives to keep them on the job. If they follow their parents’ path to early retirement, the number of workers per retiree will plummet, reducing the tax base and squeezing budgets for Social Security and all other government programs.