Yes, there was Catholic Charities spokeswoman Sharon Daly seated alongside Kweisi Mfume of the NAACP, Jesse Jackson from the Rainbow Coalition, John Sweeney of the AFL-CIO, and, get this, Patricia Ireland of the National Organization for Women. Ms. Daly introduced her remarks by cavalierly noting that this was the first time she had ever appeared on the same platform with the militantly pro‐abortion Patty Ireland. (Wasn’t that a tip‐off to Ms. Daly that she’d stumbled onto the wrong side of this issue.) But it would appear that Catholic Charity’s commitment to big government is one of its highest callings. The Brookings crowd, of course, was delighted at this new and improbable feminist‐Catholic alliance.
Don’t be surprised to see Catholic Charities teaming up at a national health care rally with Dr. Kevorkian sometime soon.
Of all the presentations, Ms. Daly’s was arguably the most ideologically left wing and easily the most economically incomprehensible. Here we have an organization that says that it judges public policy changes by how they would affect “the poorest among us” urging Congress to reject a proposal that would allow the poorest among us to voluntarily opt out of a system that offers them a dreadful rate of return on their tax dollars. The accompanying table shows that private retirement accounts would offer even workers earning the minimum wage throughout their working lives a retirement income 50 to 100 percent higher than what Social Security promises.