2.18.2005

Further Examination of HumeGate

Brit Hume MUST Resign

Here ya go, Jeff G.

Here's what Brit Hume said
In a written statement to Congress in 1935, Roosevelt said that any Social Security plans should include, "Voluntary contributory annuities, by which individual initiative can increase the annual amounts received in old age," adding that government funding, "ought to ultimately be supplanted by self-supporting annuity plans.

Here's what FDR said
"In the important field of security for our old people, it seems necessary to adopt three principles:
First, non-contributory old-age pensions for those who are now too old to build up their own insurance. It is, of course, clear that for perhaps thirty years to come funds will have to be provided by the States and the Federal Government to meet these pensions.
Second, compulsory contributory annuities which in time will establish a self-supporting system for those now young and for future generations.
Third, voluntary contributory annuities by which individual initiative can increase the annual amounts received in old age.
It is proposed that the Federal Government assume one-half of the cost of the old-age pension plan, which ought ultimately to be supplanted by self-supporting annuity plans."
The issue at hand is what FDR said and intended and what Brit Hume said, correct?

What FDR said is that, to get the system started, there will be about thirty years of "free riders" who are already too old to pay as much into the system as they would take out. That's the non-contributory old-age pensions part. Got it?

When Brit Hume omits It is proposed that the Federal Government assume one-half of the cost of the old-age pension plan, which from the quote he commits a logical fallacy and leaves the listener with the impression that FDR intended on the privatization of Social Security. Hume uses a subtle trick to connect the voluntary annuity plans with social security and then with FDR's ought ultimately to be supplanted by self-supporting annuity plans when he didn't intend on Social Security being phased out, he intended that the first point, the one about some people being already too old to pay into the system having to be free riders until the system itself could spool up and become self-supporting, i.e. enough people are paying into it to support those who are getting benefits from it.

FDR intended that the federal government would pick up half the tab for the free riders until the system came up to speed.

Hume distorts FDR's meaning intentionally to serve his purpose. Willful distortions of the truth are lies. Brit Hume is lying about what FDR meant when it came to the privatization of Social Security.

Have I made my point yet? Or, better yet. Do you concede that Brit Hume willfully and intentionally misrepresented the words and intentions of Roosevelt? Because that's exactly what he did, regardless of whether you believe it or not.

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