Geithner admits the White House instructed him to lie

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Former Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner reveals in his new book that the White House sometimes instructed him to make false statements on Sunday morning network talk shows, according to

“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 of before. He had to explain that the phrase was code to the Democratic base, signaling that we intended to protect Social Security.”


The sad part is that there are a millions of ordinary citizens out there who aren’t sure what to believe about the many problems in Washington D.C., particularly when it comes to entitlement programs and the deficit. They rightfully (and naively) depend on their leaders – who are being paid with their tax dollars – to give them the straight story, or at least their honest take on the issues of the day. Now we learn that the Obama White House has no problem with lying to the public if it serves a political need. Just how much of the information that comes from the White House (and government in general) can be trusted? This is a real concern. Citizens should be outraged at this disclosure.

Authored by Steve Gunn

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