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The NYT Misrepresents Public Attitudes Toward Social Security and Medicare

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Tuesday, 19 July 2011 04:41

The NYT seriously misrepresented public attitudes toward Social Security and Medicare. It referred to Social Security and Medicare as:

"entitlement programs that represent core values to many liberal voters."

Actually polls routinely show that overwhelming majorities of voters across the political spectrum support Social Security and Medicare. It is not just liberals who care about this program. This is why politicians who want to cut these programs need cover from their political opponents. If they just said they wanted to cut Social Security and Medicare, they would quickly be voted out of office.

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philosophy v utility
written by frankenduf, July 19, 2011 9:25
or, just call it literally- these r core programs for the people who depend on them- the poor and middle class
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written by Suzanne Reinhold, July 19, 2011 9:26
The use of the term "entitlement" by corporate pundits and right-wing politicians is rampant and is an effort to reframe the discussion to try to brain -wash people into thinking that Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid are expendable.

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