Who are you?
As I read a letter to the editor today in the PPH by a man who described himself as a "young worker" and was concerned about social security, I couldn't believe how riddled it was with misinformation. And I was amazed by the kind of disingenuous, debunked scare tactics he was using.
By 2018, Social Security will start to pay out more benefits than current workers are paying into it in taxes. By the time I retire, Social Security will be close to failure, and, if something isn't done to fix it, the tens of thousands of dollars I'll have paid in Social Security taxes will have been for nothing.
His idea for the "something" that must be done is (of course) carving out trillions of dollars from the program to fund private accounts, effectively destroying Social Security. The letter is signed "Dwayne Bickford, Topsham".
That name jogged something in my memory, but I couldn't remember where I'd heard it before. Thank God for google. Turns out Bickford was, until last month, the Executive Director of the Maine Republican Party, a post he held for the past 6 years. He also ran (and lost) for state rep in 1998, and was a delegate to the RNC last year.
Here's Bickford talking with former Governor Jock McKernan.
Here's a pic of Bickford with Republican Congressman David Dreier of California.
And here's Bickford getting leid with Jim Longley.
Nowhere in his letter does this "young worker" mention that he's actually a Republican stooge trying to make it look like working folk support Bush's plan to privatize Social Security
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