As reported in your editorial "Buried Issues" (Oct. 30), in the second debate George Bush said that he "would never touch the Social Security Trust Fund" (to balance the budget) . . . when in fact the "Administration has employed voodoo bookkeeping to use the Social Security surplus and balances in other trust funds to make the budget deficit appear much better than it is by $100 billion in the past year."
Bush actually went much further and stated that "the Social Security Fund was sound" and that he "didn't want the liberal Democratic Congress to go and take the money out for some other purpose." The Administration which had misused all these funds was now posturing as their protector against the "liberals."
Both Michael Dukakis and the media (prior to your editorial) failed to even comment on, let alone highlight, this enormous misrepresentation.
We don't know whether Bush deliberately wanted to mislead the American public or simply didn't know the basic facts of the budget.