Posted by AzBlueMeanie:
It couldn't happen to a more deserving bunch of plutocrat losers.
The Peter G. Peterson Foundation, which is dedicated to the destruction of social security and Medicare, and reversing the New Deal, Fair Deal, and Great Society of the 20th Century to take us back to the halceon days of the Gilded Age of the 19th Century when robber baron plutocrats like them ruled the day, is the organization behind its front group "Fix The Debt," whose public face is the comic duo of Erskine Bowles and Alan Simpson from the failed National Commission on Fiscal Responsiblity and Reform aka the "Catfood Commission."
I have frequently reminded readers that "The Washington Post partnered with Pete Peterson to write about the deficit, er, spread his propaganda. The Washington Post Lets Pete Peterson Write The News On The Deficit." Other news organizations also have given ready access to Fix The Debt, without any disclosure as to who they are or disclaimer of their conflicts of interest. See Fix the Debt Leaders and Conflicts of Interest - SourceWatch.
The Pete Peterson front group "Fix the Debt" staged a question-and-answer chat on Twitter Thursday, and got massively trolled. 'Fix the Debt' reaches out on Twitter, gets massively trolled:
Its goal presumably was to reach America's smartphone-savvy youth with its message that Social Security and Medicare payments to their grandparents are going to land them in the poorhouse a few decades from now.
It's fair to say that "Fix the Debt" got more than it bargained for. Twitterers from all over responded to the invitation with pointed, tactless and downright impolite questions. Many of them aimed to discern how paring social insurance benefits for the elderly and infirm will make society stronger, which is the core of the organization's worldview. Those so inclined can still post their thoughts at #fixthedebtqa.
Among the choicer comments: "Can you explain why anyone chooses to be born poor? Why should the rest of us be responsible for their flawed decision-making?" (That's from Twitter user @jefftiedrich.)
A couple of good roundups of the dialogue thus far can be found at the Washington Post's knowmore site and at Liberaland. [More at Fix The Debt Trolled On Twitter - Business Insider]
How awesome is this? From the Washington Post Wonkblog's Suzy Khimm:
You may wish to know a bit more about "Fix the Debt." As we wrote last week, it's supposedly a bipartisan pressure group, but its leadership is heavily stocked from the potentate wing of both parties -- listed as its Democratic co-founder is Erskine Bowles, a director of the investment bank Morgan Stanley.
It's an arm of the Committee for a Responsible Budget, which is funded by the Peter G. Peterson Foundation. Peterson is an influential billionaire whose distaste for Social Security and Medicare as they exist today is a byword, as we reported last year. Michael Peterson, his son, is on Fix the Debt's steering committee.
The larger issue here is the blurring of lines between propaganda from far-right interest groups like Pete Peterson's Fix The Debt, and the mainstram media which reports it as objective news without any disclosure as to who they are or disclaimer of their conflicts of interest.