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 Bushs privatization plan enjoys nationwide backing; indeed, the documents 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?