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Brit Hume Debuts a New, Dire, Sales Pitch for Social Security "Reform"

Reported by Melanie - April 28, 2005

Today (April 28, 2005), Brit Hume appeared on Your World w/Neil Cavuto to begin the spin ahead of George Bush's press conference on Social Security set for this evening. To hear Hume tell it, our country is headed for disaster if we don't fix Social Security. I got the impression from listening to him speak that the Bush administration spent the last few days crafting a new and frightening sales pitch designed to scare the masses into going along with its madness.

Here's what Hume said:

"The problem isn't that Social Security, on paper, is running out of money, the problem is that the money that Social Security supposedly, quote has, unquote, is in the form of IOUs from the federal government, and which the federal government doesn't have a vault of cash ready to pay, and would have to generate out of general revenues. That means higher taxes. It might mean cuts in other programs. It would mean additional borrowing. It would mean a lot of things that people believe would break the economy if it came to that." (Emphasis added.)

Comment: The scare tactics the Bush administration used in the run-up to the invasion of Iraq come to mind when I hear this. It feels like deja vu all over again.

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