Fix the Debt
Oh, my goodness. Can it be that Fix the Debt is using patented right wing astroturf tactics?Say it ain’t so!
Our friend Jon Romano, press secretary for the inside-the-beltway PR campaign “Fix the Debt” and its pet youth group, The Can Kicks Back, have been caught writing op-eds for college students and placing the identical op-eds in papers across the country.
This is the latest slip-up in Fix the Debt’s efforts to portray itself as representing America’s youth. Previously, they were caught paying dancers to participate in a pro-austerity flash mob and paying Change.org to gather online petition signers for them.
The newspapers involved in the scam were not amused.
Gainesville Sun to Fix the Debt: “Lay Off the Astroturf and Outright Plagiarism”
The identical op-eds were discovered by Florida’sGainesville Sun. The paper’s scathing editorial on the topic makes for an entertaining read.
Via Campaign for America’s Future
I don’t understand why Peterson and friends don’t move somewhere that they like better and enjoy life. Hasn’t anyone told them that all that money and hatefulness won’t make them immortal? Come to think of it – I’d rather be the poor miserable harmless slob that is me.
Ha! I am doing a presentation on The Can Kicks Back for a college business class I am taking.
They really couldn’t be more transparent, we should be calling them AstroGlass rather than AstroTurf. For example two of the five members of their Advisory Board are two guys named Bowles and Simpson and they openly take their inspiration from some unnamed documentary they all say that is in context clearly I.O.U.S.A: the Movie, itself a documentation of the Peterson found and funded Concord Coaltion’s Fiscal WakeUp Tour.
Yet their schtick is that this lavishly funded effort just came together.
I’ll have some fun with it tommorrow, but still I worry. Because the core of the Leninist Strategy of 1983 was PRECISELY this: turning Gen-X and now Millennials against Boomers. And The Can Kicks Back is literally reading their strategy out of the Butler-Germanis playbook.