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sunnystarr Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-05 02:09 PM
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12. Taxpayer funding of propaganda is still going on...
"(1) Bush closed out their public funded propaganda machine by stopping government agencies from hiring private pundits."

The issue isn't the hiring of private pundits. The issue is using taxpayer dollars for propaganda and lobbying. Everyone has been sent and will receive their annual notice from SS detailing their benefits. In that mailing are two pages of political propaganda touting Bush's privatization of SS plan stating that unless Congress acts there won't be funds to pay them their SS. In addition all SS employees are expected to give people the same message, there are SS employees giving presentations to groups giving this same message.

This is clearly against the law, but noone seems to really enforce it and it seems that the only thing that happens is a slap on the wrist of the GAO. Lautenburg is introducing legislation that will make the top agency offical personally libel among other things. Unfortunately I don't have much hope that our Republican controlled Congress will allow it to pass.

This is more than frightening and we should all be yelling at the top of our lungs in LTTE and by any other means.

Having a government agency insist that Federal employees spread a political agenda (propoganda and lobbying) and using the agency's resources to spread fear into every working American results in a loss of integrity and trust in our government as a whole.

Why this isn't a top news story is beyond me. So we need to help and get the message out that the administration is lying to the American people and using propaganda to sell a program that will destroy Social Security.
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