Thursday, April 07, 2005

SS Propaganda Fest

Anybody have an estimate on what Bushs' Wreck Social Security tour "60 Stops in 60 Days" is costing us? Rep. Waxman has asked the GAO to do a full accounting of both the cost in money and whether Bush has crossed the propaganda line once again...
"No one disputes the right of the President to make his policy recommendations known to Congress and the public," Waxman wrote in a letter to U.S. Comptroller General David M. Walker. "Yet there is a vital line between legitimately informing the public, as the President did in his State of the Union address, and commandeering the vast resources of the federal government to fund a political campaign for Social Security privatization."

n : information that is spread for the purpose of promoting some cause*

Under the simplest definition, this is exactly what Duyba is doing.

The Treasury Department has hired four full-time employees to help run the show, including establishing a new Web site,, and a war room, dubbed the Social Security Information Center. Yesterday, Treasury held a first-ever "radio day," opening its ornate Cash Room and 28 administration officials to nearly 30 radio talk-show hosts.

Gee, I wonder if Al Franken, Amy Goodman or Randi Rhodes were invited. And where do the Republicans stand on this?

"Currently, no one in Congress or the public knows the full extent and cost of the federal resources being devoted to promoting the President's Social Security agenda," Waxman wrote.

Even Republicans raised their eyebrows when they heard new employees were brought on for the campaign, said a House Republican staff member, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to avoid embarrassing the president.

Heaven forbid someone embarrasses Duyba, that's his job - everytime he opens his mouth.

* definition courtesy of