January 15, 2005
WHY WINNING ELECTIONS MATTERS:
Social Security Enlisted to Push Its Own Revision (ROBERT PEAR, 1/16/05, NY Times)
Over the objections of many of its own employees, the Social Security Administration is gearing up for a major effort to publicize the financial problems of Social Security and to convince the public that private accounts are needed as part of any solution.
The agency's plans are set forth in internal documents, including a "tactical plan" for communications and marketing of the idea that Social Security faces dire financial problems requiring immediate action.
Social Security officials say the agency is carrying out its mission to educate the public, including more than 47 million beneficiaries, and to support President Bush's agenda.
"The system is broken, and promises are being made that Social Security cannot keep," Mr. Bush said in his Saturday radio address. He is expected to address the issue in his Inaugural Address.
But agency employees have complained to Social Security officials that they are being conscripted into a political battle over the future of the program.
Is it their position that the agency has no interest in the future of the program?
Posted by Orrin Judd at January 15, 2005 6:48 PM