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  •  They've been doing this (8+ / 0-)

    My generation, the X'rs, have been a target of a very subtly waged propaganda campaign against Social Security. . . . I had been one of those who thought "Social Security is bankrupt and it will never be there for me."

    for a long, long time.

    I am here to tell you that the same arguments were used to propagandize some of the early Baby Boomers.

    One of the advantages of being disorderly is that one is constantly making exciting discoveries.--A.A. Milne

    by Mnemosyne on Sun Dec 19, 2010 at 07:16:14 PM PST

    •  Even the middle boomers (5+ / 0-)

      It's how they sold us the IRA and 401k's which will never fund our retirement.

      The thing about democracy, beloveds, is that it is not neat, orderly, or quiet. It requires a certain relish for confusion. Molly Ivans

      by MufsMom on Sun Dec 19, 2010 at 07:41:17 PM PST

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      •  Those were also (2+ / 0-)
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        JohnInWestland, figbash

        intended to direct your monies, and mine, into Wall Street commissions, and were in part the way Corporate America was able to weasel out of its long-standing commitment to provide retirement pensions for long-term workers.

        One of the advantages of being disorderly is that one is constantly making exciting discoveries.--A.A. Milne

        by Mnemosyne on Sun Dec 19, 2010 at 07:43:47 PM PST

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    •  They put the propaganda in print (3+ / 0-)
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      The whole campaign was laid out in detail in a 1983 paper in the Social Security issue of the Cato Journal by two guys that are still prominent opponents of Social Security. And the message discipline from then until now has been pretty much perfect, you could cut and paste just about every wingnut attack on Social Security from the program outlined in this from Stuart Butler and Peter Germanis Social Security Reform: Achieving a "Leninist" Strategy.

      It is all there, a long-range plan to split Gen-X from Boomers by blaming the latter for EVERY THING. Hence Grandpa Alan Simpson's 'Greedy Geezers'.

      Considered abstractly as an exercise in message marketing you have to admit that it was brilliant. Tinged with evil perhaps but brilliant all the same. Read and heed.

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