Social Security as weapon in the mid-terms
by Bruce Webb, Sat Jan 21, 2006 at 09:56:40 AM EST
I am going to suggest a simply yet powerful theme for the mid-terms: "Social Security is not broke. Not now, not in 2017, not in 2041. Any Republican who tells you it is is a liar or ignorant"
Strong? Yes. Wrong? No neither on substance or tactics. There will be time for numbers latter, first the political background.
In Fall 1983 the Cato Institute declared the War on Social Security. They did not hide this declaration, instead the devoted their entire Fall issue of Cato Journal to it Social Security: Continuing Crisis or Real Reform? Read on to see their published war plan.
It is breathtaking. Every bit of strategy, every tactic, every soundbite used to attack Social Security is laid out. You could duplicate any speech Bush ever gave on Social Security by cutting and pasting from this paper. If I get even two people to read this article, this diary will be a success.
The strategy is two-fold. First convince retirees and those approaching retirement that their benefits would not be cut. Two convince young workers that Social Security would simply not be there for them. (This sounds oddly familiar).
The strategy, the tactics, the rhetoric worked brilliantly. If you are typical you have been the victim of a ideologically driven campaign of misinformation. Before you react ask yourself two questions.
One would the Right lie to you for decades on something this important? (That one answers itself)
Two have you personally examined the numbers behind the projections that produce 2017 or 2041? And I don't mean having read it over and over in multiple MSM outlets. After all at this point you can't trust them on the simple point that Abramoff is a Republican. People all across the Left blogosphere lash major media on a daily basis. The question remains: do you have knowledge about Social Security independent of what the MSM has been telling you? If so where did you get it?
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