Deficit Commission Staffed With Large Number Of Anti-Entitlement Lobbyists
The commission charged with finding ways to solve our economic woes is being charged with bias for staffing that includes many members of anti-entitlement groups. How independent can any “independent commission” be when staffers have an outside agenda based on who they work for?
Many of its employees aren’t employed by the panel at all.
Instead, about one in four commission staffers is paid by outside entities, many of which have strong ideological points of view about how to tackle the deficit.
For example, the salaries of two senior staffers, Marc Goldwein and Ed Lorenzen, are paid by private groups that have previously advocated cuts to entitlement programs. Lorenzen is paid by the Peter G. Peterson Foundation, while Goldwein is paid by the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget, which is also partly funded by the Peterson group.
Bruce Reed, executive director of the panel, says all sides are represented, but not everyone believes the outcome isn’t cooked to tilt right.
But Barbara B. Kennelly, a former Democratic House member from Connecticut who heads the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare, said the commission’s staffing structure is “unprecedented” and casts further doubt on its fairness.
“Taxpayers fund the commission and they should work independently of Washington lobbyists and power brokers,” Kennelly said. “This is the type of shenanigans that average Americans are so upset about right now – that money talks and everyone else is left out.”Click here for reuse options!
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