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My friend Nick Johnston didn't like my recent reference to Chardonnay. He writes:

"You might get more street cred among the kids if, in your blog, you mention a
desire to, say, have a nice glass of whiskey, instead of pining for what, I
think, is really the lamest kind of white wine."

Meanwhile a reader named Eoin writes:

"You know what is really funny? I only saw the headline for your
article, "Blob and Blobier" on the Post website, and I immediately
wondered if you were referring to Hastert and Cheney. I wonder how
many other people missed big chunks of G.W.s address because they were
also mesmerized by the sight of those two dopes?"

A reader named Gary has a beef with my "Questions on Social Security" item:

"On one hand, I can't agree with you more on your latest blog post. The issue of Social Security reform cannot be logically addressed outside of the larger context of the looming fiscal train wreck, driven primarily by tax cuts, secondarily by Medicare costs and only tertiarily (didn't think I knew it, did you?) by Social Security outlays. So bully for you, calling the Bush Administration on their obfuscation.

But I respectfully have to disagree with you on criticizing the Democrats for not having a plan. Even if they were to propose something reasonable and doable, like gradually raising the age of eligibility to 70 and raising the bar on payroll taxable income above the current $90,000, such a plan would never get out of committee given the current climate on the Hill. I guess there might be symbolic value to that approach, but you've got to know that Bush, Frist, DeLay, et al., would rather poison the waterhole than giive the Democrats any chance to actually fix Social Security.

So yes, I believe it only needs minor tweaking. Paul Krugman has been great on this. But we will not get that opportunity for awhile. The fight before us is to save it now for fixing later, because I believe the Bush administration's long term goal is to kill it. Call me a demogogue."

By Joel Achenbach  |  February 7, 2005; 4:13 PM ET
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