Americans Value Protecting Social Security More Than Deficit Reduction

By: Friday March 22, 2013 9:08 am

While you might not think it from watching cable news the reality is that the American people overwhelmingly believe protecting Medicare and Social Security benefits is more important than deficit reduction. According to Pew Research, 55 percent think keeping Medicare and Social Security is more important than reducing the deficit. Only 34 percent of Americans [...]

Pete Peterson Spent Half a Billion on Recent Push to Cut Entitlements

By: Thursday February 28, 2013 9:14 am

One of the big reasons that deficit hysteria gripped Washington for years despite dozens of more pressing issues is that Pete Peterson has spent the GDP of a small country propping it up. According to Joshua Green, Peterson spent half a billion on this current deficit push and plans to spend a half billion more. [...]

Peterson Foundation Proposals From the Roosevelt Institute, CAP and EPI Abandon Progressive Policy

By: Monday June 6, 2011 9:43 am

On an international level I would go so far as to say these three liberal health care plans are all significantly to the right of basically even center-right party in the rest of the industrialized world on health care. “Tort reform” gets more play than single payer. If these constitute the “left flank” of the political discussion around the pressing issue of health care costs in America, we as a country are screwed.

Time to Raise Hell About the Catfood Commission

By: Wednesday September 1, 2010 8:42 am


It’s clear cutting Social Security is the Catfood Commission’s goal. And we’re going to have to go directly to the public to alert them, because we can’t rely on traditional media to get the word out.

Can you please help us run online ads to call out the Catfood Commission?

Reasonable Peterson Reasonably Suggests Reasons to Balance Budget on Backs of Working Class While Preserving Reasonable Tax Breaks for Reasonably Affluent

By: Monday August 2, 2010 10:44 am

I notice that the Daily Beast decided to do a long PR ad for an interview with Peter Peterson, which tried to make clear just how reasonable the man is. Many of his cheerleaders quickly hailed it as persuasive proof. The problem is that on the issue of the deficit, Peterson is a self-serving hypocrite. [...]

Breitbart Loves Him Some Alan Simpson

By: Monday June 21, 2010 7:54 am

The Alan Simpson video shot by Alex Lawson last week is making the rounds, and waking people up to the realities of what the Catfood Commission is talking about behind closed doors with regard to Social Security. Simpson is the Co-chair of the President’s hand-picked blue ribbon Deficit Commission, one of 14 “fiscal hawks” appointed [...]

Peterson Fdtn. Head Nostalgic for Debtor’s Prison; Is Indentured Servitude Next?

By: Tuesday June 15, 2010 10:12 am

David Walker is the president and CEO of the Peter G. Peterson Foundation, founded by billionaire financier Peterson as a think tank on fiscal issues. On CNBC’s “Squawk Box” recently, Walker seemed to long for a return to debtor’s prisons. If he’s nostalgic for debtor’s prison, the next step is to advocate the return of [...]

Where Pete Peterson Spends His Money: 2008 Grants

By: Tuesday May 25, 2010 9:17 am

Money from the medical industrial complex efficiently flowed through the foundation world to lay intellectual framework of the health care bill.  The foundations are fulfilling a similar function in order to justify both cutting and privatizing social security, and the check book of Blackstone hedge fund billionaire Pete Peterson is the source of much of [...]

Dean Baker and Alan Blinder Face Off on Social Security Cuts

By: Saturday May 22, 2010 9:58 am

Yesterday Princeton’s Alan Blinder, former Vice Chair of the Federal Reserve, wrote that cutting Social Security benefits is the only practical way to keep the United States from becoming — well, Greece: From a long-run perspective, the bond market vigilantes have it right. Greece, Europe, the U.S. and other countries must take serious steps to [...]

Revolt of the Wonks: Former Obama Advisors Want to Know What’s Happening on His Deficit Commission

By: Friday May 21, 2010 9:08 am

There’s a very important an article in the Neiman Watchdog this morning (Harvard’s journalism review, Deputy Editor Dan Froomkin). It’s written by Nancy Altman and Eric Kingson, entitled “Has Obama created a Social Security ‘death panel’? Headlines like that are normally the reserve of DFH bloggers, so it’s notable that the academic world is talking [...]