Social Security is facing the most serious, well-financed, and determined threat to its existence since its inception in 1935. For Americans to make sense of the barrage of conflicting messages on the subject, it’s necessary to understand who is behind the campaign to "reform" Social Security, what the campaign aims to achieve, and how it misrepresents its goals. Best-selling author Joe Conason exposes why and how this is happening. The Raw Deal explores the Right’s privatization goals, Bush’s hard-fought privatization campaign (built on a stacked "study"), the corporate interests behind the plan, the media campaign to undermine confidence in Social Security, and how the swindle can be stopped. Conason's no-apologies, no-nonsense approach clears up the myriad misperceptions surrounding this important, confusing issue and gets to the truth about the big Social Security bluff.
Praise for The Raw Deal:
"Joe Conason is one of our great chroniclers of the right-wing propaganda machine ... Let this book be your x-ray machine to see through the president’s lies about Social Security." — Joshua Micah Marshall, Talking Points Memo
"Joe Conason is in top form, one of the progressive movement's most important voices … No buzzword remains unchallenged, no dirty trick unexposed, no insipid argument left intact. This book is an important tool in the fight against the right-wing crusade against Social Security." — Markos Moulitsas, DailyKos
"With insight and clarity, Joe Conason shows how the longstanding conservative antipathy toward Social Security has morphed into a lavishly funded and breathtakingly dishonest conservative PR campaign … In untangling spools of GOP propaganda, The Raw Deal sets the record straight and shows what's really at stake for all Americans in the current battle." — David Brock, President, Media Matters