Monday, March 07, 2005

You Can't Make This Stuff Up ...

"Mr. Bush has proposed letting younger workers divert up to 4 percent of their taxable income into personal accounts—a move that detractors say would cost trillions in transition costs and ruin the underpinnings of the system."

-- New York Times (Page 1 story), March 5, 2005

CHENEY: We're going to borrow $758 million [sic] over the next 10 years to set up the personal retirement accounts. We think that's a manageable amount.

WALLACE: But trillions more after.

CHENEY: That's right. Trillions more after that.

-- Fox News Sunday, Feb. 2, 2005*

* Thanks to


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wasnt this already posted on the blog. Have we run out of ideas about SS? How about discussing what a good plan would look like to fix the system rather than BUsh's proposal that will never happen anyway.

1:29 PM  
Anonymous joe said...

I can't find it anywhere else on JABBS.

I think the point is that the NY Times, ground zero for the conservative complaint of "liberal media bias," is just as prone to using conservative spin in its coverage as any other media format.

2:51 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

and Fox, which everyone here considers liars for the republicans, calls for the truth. The point is then lost on me. Of course each side has its moments (Fox almost always being right leaning) but it doesnt change the overall assessment of the Times. I thought the point was how Cheney and the administration tried to undersell the cost until someone gets in their faces.

3:27 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I guess we can count Cheney among the detractors then. It's just a matter of watching the Bush Administration slowly go down with this ship wreck of a plan.

5:46 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Maybe the point is that the Times reporters are just as sloppy as reporters at lesser newspapers.

Anyway you slice it, the Times story is silly for its use of GOP spin.

Even against the backdrop of Cheney's statement, Bush spokesman Dan Bartlett has been touting the $750 million (over 10 years) number as the "transition cost." He's said it on CNN with Wolf Blitzer just this past weekend. Wolf is so stupid and meek that he doesn't dare try to make Bartlett's number match up with Cheney's.

9:18 PM  

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