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More Lies and Distortions About Social Security

Reported by Ellen - January 10, 2005

Saturday night's After Hours with Cal Thomas featured Thomas' usual Column One editorial at the beginning of the show. This one featured some new lies and distortions designed to persuade people to go along with the GOP's Social Security privatization scheme. Rather than have a true debate, FOX and the GOP seems hell-bent on force-feeding their propaganda to the American public.

1/8/05

Lie: "Some politicians want to use Social Security as a political football. They know the present system can not posssibly guarantee retirement benefits to the next generation." Comment: Yes, it can, with some simple adjustments. We don't need the radical and risky overhaul Bush and FOX want. At the very least, that point of view should be acknowledged, rather than dismissed out of hand.

Distortion: "The system requires a top-to-bottom restructuring." No, it doesn't. Thomas may think that's what should be done, but it's not required.

Lie and Distortion: "SS was launched before television and while records were still played on a victrola. Virtually everything else has been modernized. Liberals would keep SS back in the victrola days rather than updating it because they fear more people would become independent and no longer need them." Maybe some feel that if it ain't broke, don't fix it. The Bible was launched well before SS, is it time to "modernize" that? How about the institution of marriage?

Truth: "Social Security will be the crowning domestic achievement of this administration, with benefits lasting longer than we do." Comment: The only problem is the biggest. most sure-fire benefits will go to the financial services industry and those who benefit from their well-being, such as FOX News who has announced plans to launch a business channel.

The more FOX News promotes SS privatization, the more it glosses over the problems, the less it delves into alternative solutions, the more I think it is hiding its self-interest - SS privatization would almost surely mean a bonanza in financial advertising for itself. Otherwise, why not provide a forum for a REAL debate?

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