May 13, 2014
In his new book “Stress Test” released on Monday, former treasury secretary Tim Geithner say he was asked to lie on the Sunday news programs about the role Social Security played in expanding the deficit: “I remember during one Roosevelt Room prep session before I appeared on the Sunday shows, I objected when Dan Pfeiffer wanted me to say Social Security didn’t contribute to the deficit. It wasn’t a main driver of our future deficits, but it did contribute.”
According to a report in the U.K. Daily Mail:
‘Pfeiffer said the line was a ‘dog whistle’ to the left, a phrase I had never heard before. He had to explain that the phrase was code to the Democratic base, signaling that we intended to protect Social Security.’
Geithner’s anecdote about White House communications staff trying pressure him into misleading Americans about the country’s ability to meet its future financial obligations once again casts a shadow on the Obama administration’s willingness to tell the truth when the truth is politically unappealing.
He writes that Pfeiffer, who is now Obama’s senior communications adviser, often let party politics come into play when discussing how the administration should respond to fiscal issues.
During a discussion on spending cuts, Geithner says that Pfieffer argued that ‘we couldn’t afford to alienate our base and split a weakened Democratic Party in pursuit of an imaginary compromise with Republicans who didn’t want to compromise.’
What makes the Geithner revelation so newsworthy is its similarity to the Benghazi cover-up meme, where it is suspected that the White House political personnel change the talking points and directed Susan Rice to lie by blaming the 9/11/12 attacks on an anti-Muslim YouTube video.
This article was posted: Tuesday, May 13, 2014 at 5:32 am