SDP is reporting on some new funding that is being provided to Americans United to Protect Social Security. SDP also took note of Chad Schuldt's deletion of questions I left him on his web site regarding his consulting activities and wonders if Schuldt has something to do with AUPSS. Here is some background I put together on June 3rd, and note Schuldt's interest in South Dakota's affilate of AUPSS protest at Thune's office:
SDP has the FEC filing that shows the Daschle campaign paid $2,000 to Hildebrand Tewes Consulting, Inc of Sioux Falls during the month of March. Steve Hildebrand is the campaign manager of Tom Daschle and in February Roll Call reported that he is now also heading up the Democrat’s opposition to the President’s Social Security reform:
Hildebrand and Tewes, both of whom specialize in field work, recently formed a new political consulting firm that will serve as the nerve center of Americans United to Protect Social Security. The firm will be known as Hildebrand Tewes.
On an anti-Thune web site whose author is not identified, a post contained an April 11, 2005 press release from South Dakotans United to Protect Social Security that stated this:
With the first hearings on the future of Social Security planned for the U.S. Senate Finance Committee later this month, concerned South Dakota citizens have formed a new statewide coalition called South Dakotans United to Protect Social Security with the sole objective of defeating President George W. Bush’s expensive and risky scheme to privatize Social Security.
The release tells us more about Hildebrand’s role:
Steve Hildebrand, a South Dakota native, who is serving as co-manager of the national campaign for Americans United, will also head up the South Dakota effort.
"It’s unfortunate that Senator Thune has agreed to be the President’s ‘point man’ in promoting a risky investment scheme that would slash our guaranteed benefit by 45 percent and explode the national debt by $5 trillion. That’s just not a ‘South Dakota value’ we share with the Senator. Instead of carrying the President’s water on this terrible plan, John Thune should tell the Senate Finance Committee what the people of South Dakota certainly believe – privatization is a bad deal for South Dakotans," said Hildebrand.
On another anti-Thune web site you will find a post by Chad Schuldt, paid Daschle campaign staffer, with pictures of an April 26, 2005 protest at Thune’s Sioux Falls office that the SDUPSS group organized. The media coverage did not point out Hildebrand’s ties to a group that used lies, such as the benefits being guaranteed (Supreme Court ruled otherwise in 1960) and the posters whined "Hands Off My Social Security" (the private accounts are to be voluntary). Here is an excerpt from the Aberdeen News who published the Carson Walker AP report:
As Congress took up President Bush's request to draft Social Security legislation Tuesday, people against the proposed changes protested in front of Sen. John Thune's downtown Sioux Falls office.
They carried yellow printed signs that said, "Hands Off My Social Security," and handmade signs such as, "Don't Piratize Social Security."
The group wants Thune, a Republican freshman, to sign a pledge opposing any plan that allows young people to invest retirement money in private accounts.
The most recent government forecast predicts that in 12 years, Social Security trust funds will begin paying out more in benefits than it takes in. In 2041, the trust funds will be empty, and benefits will have to be cut.
The protesters said it's not that bad.
Instead of disclosing who was behind the protest, the report went on to quote people who are in their seventies. The plan is not to impact the benefits of those older than 55. But to the Democrats and their allies in the MSM, facts should not get into the way of a good pro-Democrat story. And today, a good pro-Democrat story is one that is full of lies and hatred that are directed at John Thune.