Social security’s most media-friendly foe

For those familiar with Ayn Rand’s writing, the question “Who is John Galt?” is succinct shorthand to summarize conservatives’ ideological campaign against government. But to really appreciate how that crusade operates on a day-to-day basis in the most important political battles of the moment, the best question right now is, “Who is Maya MacGuineas?”The incurious political press’ answer to that query can be seen in a quick Google News search of her name. As you will see, she is one of the most oft-quoted, and therefore influential, “experts” in the so-called “fiscal cliff” negotiations. Most often, she is simply described by Washington reporters as the president of the “nonpartisan” Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget and, in that role, as the lead coordinator of the so-called “Fix the Debt” coalition.Though words like “nonpartisan” are designed to cast both groups, and MacGuineas herself, as apolitical and ideologically dispassionate, the boards of both organizations (which you can see here and here) are teeming with business executives and lawmakers-turned-corporate lobbyists. That is, they are teeming with precisely the kind of hyperpartisan, ideologically driven Big Money interests that have a financial stake in balancing the budget in a way that at once prevents tax increases on the rich and cuts or privatizes social programs.Continue Reading…

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Social security’s most media-friendly foe


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