Bush pitches privatization by saying that when it comes to social security, everything is on the table. He gets to sound broad minded and open. The small print of course is that private accounts, benefits for folks 55 and over, and tax hikes are not on the table.
I just read a comment by a Democratic congressman where he said Democrats wouldn't engage in a discussion about social security until private accounts are off the table. (Yes, the metaphor falls apart.) We ought to be saying instead that when it comes to the solvency of social security, everything is on the table except privatization, since that accelerates insolvency.
Let's not fall into the trap of being the party that uses negative language. The Republicans are going to try and paint us as the party that just says no, that won't engage in the business of government. Let's not make it easier for them by using negative language in reaction to them.