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Do Social Security Costs Have to Be "Soaring" in Washington Post News Stories?

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Tuesday, 15 November 2011 05:42

That's the question millions are asking. In an article on the supercommittee this morning we find a sentence like:

"Republicans indicated a willingness to do so [raise more revenue], aides said, but only in exchange for additional reductions to soaring Social Security and Medicare costs (emphasis added)."

A real newspaper would have just said that the Republicans were demanding "additional reductions in Social Security and Medicare costs." That would provide the same information as the Post's sentence in less space and without the editorializing.

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written by bmz, November 15, 2011 7:41
. The CBO projected that the surpluses Clinton left for Bush were enough to pay off the entire US debt by the time that the Social Security/Medicare trust funds would have to be amortized for beneficiary payments, all without having to raise taxes to pay for the amortization of those trust funds. These “surpluses” were made up entirely of excess payroll taxes building up the trust funds. Bush took those excess payroll tax receipts and gave them “back” as income tax reductions, heavily weighted to the wealthy–who didn’t create those surpluses in the first place. By doing this, Bush guaranteed that taxes would have to be raised in order to amortize the trust funds. The failure to do so simply permits the Republicons to steal the money contributed by workers for their retirement. Everything about not raising taxes or limiting expenses, is about stealing our money.
Thanks one more time, Dean
written by bailey, November 15, 2011 9:15
Just finished reading "The Myth of the Wealthy Elderly" @ HuffPost (11/15/11). Lately it seems Dean is the ONLY voice out there exposing the absurdly biased p.r. misdirectives barraging us daily.
THANKS AGAIN, Dean, hope you're doing VERY well and are around & sharing with us for a long, long time.
Say What?
written by Jeffrey Stewart, November 15, 2011 11:20
How are Social Security benefit payments "costs?"
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written by dilbert dogbert, November 15, 2011 11:51
Mr. Baker,
Thanks for your reporting on Fox on 15th and the others. It has made me very sensitive to "Framing" such as "soaring" in the newspaper, TV and blogs. I just stop reading or listening when those unnecessary words appear.

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