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Privatizers Getting Desperate via Think Progress On Thursday, privatization-pushers released a deceptive “research briefing” with excerpts

Privatizers Getting Desperate

via Think Progress

On Thursday, privatization-pushers released a deceptive “research briefing” with excerpts from news stories on recent Social Security town-hall meetings. The article snippets give the impression that President Bush’s privatization plan enjoys nationwide backing; indeed, the document’s bold, italicized headline reads, “More Americans Support Call To Strengthen Social Security.”

Just one problem – several of the individuals quoted in the press release explain in the excerpted articles that they actually oppose privatization:

Clif Smith, A Retiree From Joplin: “I Believe [Social Security] Needs Improved [Sic].”

The full quote:
“I believe it needs improved,” said Clif Smith, a retiree from Joplin, at the AARP gathering. “But nothing of the nature of what is being talked about in Washington.”

Smith said he opposes private accounts because he thinks they would drain money from the trust fund, but he said the fund itself should own stock. read on

Why doesn't this surprise me?


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