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Monday, January 17, 2005

Government Employees Conscripted As Lobbyists

Here is a scary scenario. (New York Times article; registration required.)

The agency's strategic communications plan says the following message is to be disseminated to "all audiences" through speeches, seminars, public events, radio, television and newspapers: "Social Security's long-term financing problems are serious and need to be addressed soon," or else the program may not "be there for future generations."

Conscripting government employees to do the political bidding of the White House is the most outrageous thing I can think of. It's one thing to carry out the law, it's quite another to sell legislation in the guise of providing a public service.

Hat tip to Running Scared.

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