January 29, 2005

SUBLIME SELF-PARODY:

Democrats Decry Use of Agency in Social Security Battle (Charles Babington, January 29, 2005, Washington Post)

"The president cannot turn the Social Security Administration into his own lobby shop," Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-N.J.) said at a three-hour Capitol Hill hearing run by Democratic senators opposing the White House plan.

The hearing featured two Social Security Administration employees who said the agency's marketing plan inappropriately calls on workers to publicly promote Bush's goals.

"That is a political message, and it's not my job as an agency employee to project a political message," said Debbie Fredericksen, a Minneapolis-based employee.

Steve Kofahl, a Social Security claims representative from Seattle who addressed the all-Democrat panel, said SSA employees have been told that Social Security is in a crisis that only private accounts can salvage. He said the employees "have been directed to share this message with the public at every opportunity."

"I do not believe it is proper for public funds or public employees to be used to stir up fear" and push the White House agenda, Kofahl said.


Who paid for this hearing to whip up anti-reform hysteria through the use of SSA employees?

Posted by Orrin Judd at January 29, 2005 10:08 AM
Comments

"The president cannot turn the Social Security Administration into his own lobby shop,"

Actually, I'm pretty sure he can...

Posted by: Timothy at January 29, 2005 2:15 PM
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