Tuesday, March 01, 2005

 

Who's making Social Security partisan?

Although the Enquirer's claimed that "Social Security is no partisan issue," apparently their crack editorial research staff (once they are done with the Frank Luntz play book) forgot to check out to whether the Social Security Administation, itself, was playing the partisan game.

That's okay. The Democrats did the work for them. From a new study released yesterday:
WASHINGTON - Today Reps. Henry A. Waxman, Rep. Charles B. Rangel, and Rep. Sander M. Levin, along with Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer, and Reps. Obey, Miller, and DeLauro, released a new report that shows how the Social Security Administration has modified its communications strategy to undermine public confidence in Social Security.

The report, based on a review of over 4,000 pages of Social Security documents from 1995 to 2005, reveals that the agency has systematically altered agency publications, press releases, PowerPoint presentations, website content, and even its annual statements to foster the impression that Social Security is "unsustainable" and "must change." The agency's new pessimistic tone and emphasis echo President Bush's warnings about the future of Social Security.
Seems pretty consistent with the Enquirer's own report on the presentations made in the Cincinnati area by James B. Lockhart, deputy commissioner for Social Security. Doesn't the editorial page team read their own news pages?

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