Friday, January 07, 2005

Propaganda is in the Eye of the Beholder, I Guess

This is one of those moments that provides pure pleasure to a blogger. Call it a blogasm.

Molly Ivins writes in a column appearing today (sorry, can't find a link for it. Check the dead-tree version of the Strib or check her page on the Creators Syndicate site. It'll probably be posted there later):

The Bushies are about to launch a $50 million to $100 million propaganda campaign to convince us the Social Security system is in crisis. Actually it's not. It's quite robust and has astonishingly low administrative costs...

...The social Security system is in no danger whatsoever of going broke or even of having to pay out less than full compensation for at least 50 years.

Remember that word: propaganda.

Here's what Molly had to say in a column published in September of 2003 (Emphasis mine):

Meanwhile, the economy is in the toilet; even the optimists who think it will recover are predicting a "jobless recovery." Won't that be nice -- we can certainly look forward to whatever that is. And when we get our "jobless recovery," the government's in the hole for $500 trillion this year and most of the upscale Bush tax cuts haven't even kicked in yet. As we march bravely toward oceans of red ink (leaving behind no problem for future presidents or future generations), we also face a looming crisis in Social Security.

Did you remember that propaganda word?

Priceless.

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