A May 3 New York Sun editorial -- highlighted by Wall Street Journal OpinionJournal.com editor James Taranto in his "Best of the Web" column -- attacked Sen. Charles E. Schumer (D-NY) over a press release Schumer issued regarding Social Security benefits "for a worker who is born five years from now." The Sun wrote: "This same senator who opposes banning late-term abortions -- in other words, who votes as if he doesn't believe an unborn child has a right to life
thinks that children who are four years away from even being conceived, let alone born, have some claim on Social Security benefits indexed to wages rather than prices."
Taranto took the Sun's attack one step further by including New York Times columnist Paul Krugman in the attack. Taranto wrote:
Under the president's "progressive indexing" proposal, Krugman writes, "the average worker -- average pay now is $37,000 -- retiring in 2075 would face a cut equal to 10 percent of pre-retirement income." Assuming a retirement age of 70 in 2075, those aren't "workers" Krugman is writing about at all, but fetuses.