WH asked Treas Sec Geithner to lie to public about social security being behind the deficit


Timothy Geithner, Barack Obama’s first Secretary of the Treasury, has a bombshell memoir out today. The title is “Stress Test,” and it he claims the White House asked him to lie on Sunday talk shows, to downplay the role Social Security played in driving the deficit.

According to the Daily Mail, Geithner writes:

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.

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.

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