Monday, February 21, 2005

GOP Henchman to Blow Up Senior Citizens!

NY Times via RawStory:

Advisers to Swift Boat Vets to Demonize AARP over Social Security

"Taking its cues from the success of last year’s Swift boat veterans’ campaign in the presidential race, a conservative lobbying organization has hired some of the same consultants to orchestrate attacks on one of President Bush’s toughest opponents in the battle to overhaul Social Security.

The lobbying group, USA Next, which has poured millions of dollars into Republican policy battles, now says it plans to spend as much as $10 million on commercials and other tactics assailing AARP, the powerhouse lobby opposing the private investment accounts at the center of Mr. Bush’s plan.

'They are the boulder in the middle of the highway to personal savings accounts,' said Charlie Jarvis, president of USA Next and former deputy under secretary for the interior in the Reagan and first Bush administrations. 'We will be the dynamite that removes them.”'

Last year, the AARP backed Bush's $400--er, $720 Billion dollar Windfall to Big Pharma--er, Medicare prescription drug bill. The organization's stance was correctly seen as little more than a transparent effort on the part of AARP poobah William Novelli to get a seat at the Republican Round Table of Politcal Influence and Monetary Gain. Looks like Billy is about to get a good idea of what kind of friends he made last year.


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