Who Hijacked Our Country

Sunday, March 12, 2006

Jack Abramoff and Social Security

When Bush was determined to hand your retirement income over to Wall Street “reform” Social Security, one of his main spokesmen was Peter Ferrara.

Ferrara plugged the idea repeatedly in his newspaper column. Now it turns out that Ferrara was being paid by Jack Abram Off to push for Social Security “reform.” Some of Jack’s “clients” wanted Social Security hijacked “reformed,” and Off gave them his best and sleaziest bribery tactics.

Ferrara is a senior advisor with the Institute for Policy Innovation, a rightwing think tank. (How many of those Goddamn things are there?)

Business Week Online broke the story of Ferrara being on the take. So far he’s refused to provide Business Week with any information about his slippery activities.

However, he offered a public apology. He said “I do that all the time. I’ve done it in the past and I’ll do it in the future.”

OK, you’re forgiven.

Two of the newspapers he wrote for — the Manchester Union Leader and the Washington Times — publicly condemned Ferrara for being a sleazebucket. The Union Leader announced it would no longer be publishing his column. Their announcement was:

“When a columnist is a paid shill for a lobbyist — particularly a secretly paid shill — a trust has been broken. A journalist’s stock in trade is trust, and our op-ed pages are no place for columnists who have proven untrustworthy.”


Anonymous JollyRoger said...

Well well..... another paid-off pundit.

I remember when Presidents had ideas that they could get support for without having to pay anybody off. Apparently those are now the Good Old Days....

March 13, 2006 at 7:42 AM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

Jolly Roger: I remember when presidents had ideas of their own, period. They weren't just mouthpieces for shadowy groups pulling all the strings. And yeah, if you were reading a political column, you could be pretty sure it was actually his/her own opinion. Yup, the Good Old Days.

March 13, 2006 at 10:09 AM  
Blogger The Rambling Taoist said...

I've got a confession to make. I'm ashamed to admit it, but I'm a paid-off blogger. All my opinions are really those of my dog, Scruffy (she's a damn powerful lobbyist -- If I don't do what she says, my shins pay for it in BLOOD!).

I apologize for this subterfuge. In the future, I promise to only pimp for the interests of my cats Dylan & Myron.

March 13, 2006 at 1:20 PM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

Rambling Taoist: Uh oh, I always knew Scruffy was running things behind the scenes.

March 13, 2006 at 2:35 PM  

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