Saturday, October 15, 2011

Social Security and The Koch Lies

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By Sharon Kyle

The first time I heard this gentleman interviewed, I was in my car listening to KPCC. His message was so compelling that I pulled over so I could jot down his name. Eric Kingson, who is a professor of social work at Syracuse University’s School of Social Work, has a resume a mile long, but he was being interviewed because he is also the co-director of the Strengthen Social Security Campaign and his message about Social Security is one that every middle class person should hear.

I got a message from Eric this week announcing an event. Here’s what he had to say:

Guess who’s leading the drive to raise the retirement age and privatize Social Security? Billionaire oil company executives David and Charles Koch, who have played a leading role in gutting environmental regulations and defeating pro-consumer candidates for office.

Learn how they’re out to destroy Social Security as we know it. Attend a national town hall video premiere, hosted by Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vermont), Social Security’s champion in the US Senate. The town hall will take place on Wednesday, June 22, at 8:30pm EDT.

The Koch brothers have poured millions of dollars into conservative think tanks that crank out studies claiming Social Security is going broke. Their solutions – raise the retirement age and turn your contributions over to the casino of Wall Street.

The short and gripping video from Brave New Films, Social Security Echo Chamber, traces the origins of these Koch-funded lies about Social Security and how Fox News serves as a mouthpiece for those out to hoodwink the public and dismantle the program.

To ensure you can participate, please register here in advance. Once registered, you will receive a reminder about the event and instructions for submitting a question.

Renowned film maker Robert Greenwald and Strengthen Social Security Campaign co-chair, Eric Kingson, will join Sen. Sanders in an online web chat during the town hall.

Don’t let the Koch brothers destroy Social Security. Learn how at the premiere of Social Security Echo Chamber on Wednesday, June 22 at 8:30 pm EDT.

Thanks for all you do.

Strengthen Social Security Campaign Team

Let’s join this online web chat and learn what we can do to protect Social Security.

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