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Rock The Vote: Tackiness, Lameness, Projection.

In a recent post on Rock the Vote's "blog" (which hardly even qualifies as a blog), Hans Riemer, the 30-something leader of RTV's anti-reform charge, posted this comment:

We catch a lot of flak here at this blog from advocates for privatization. The little hellions seem to have a lot of time on their hands. Actually, suggesting that they are young is probably generous since in all likelihood most of them are balding.


In psychology, there is a common term known as "projection."

Without going too deep into the term's nuances, dictionary.com defines projection, in the psychological sense, as:

1. The attribution of one's own attitudes, feelings, or suppositions to others: “Even trained anthropologists have been guilty of unconscious projection of clothing the subjects of their research in theories brought with them into the field” (Alex Shoumatoff).

2. The attribution of one's own attitudes, feelings, or desires to someone or something as a naive or unconscious defense against anxiety or guilt.

Hans Riemer graduated from college a decade ago. Well into his thirties, Riemer wouldn't even be included in most political science definitions of a "young person" or "youth voter," which typically run from 18-30.

Yet, Hans Riemer, speaking on behalf of Rock the Vote, a group that has teamed up with the senior citizen group AARP to oppose necessary reforms, has the "bald" audacity to call out Social Security reformers for their age.

Riemer said he wants to make Rock the Vote the "AARP of our generation."

Which generation are we talking about here, Hans?


Posted by Will Franklin · 5 April 2005 01:46 PM


AARP sucks! if you will pardon the expression. I am not sure how they have made so many people swallow that B S... Sorry about that but it is the nicest way I could put it! I AM JUST NOT SURE HOW SO MANY PEOPLE CAN BE SO eager to sigm up? It seems to be kind of like little lambs headed for the slaughter...

Posted by: Zsa Zsa at April 5, 2005 07:25 PM

WOW ... I can not believe how misguided that poor sick puppy is! I just read RTV for the first time and Oh! My! Gosh! I just don't get it... What type of garbage are these individuals reading? OH! I Know now, That dude must be reading the main stream media junk...I think someone might need to send him some real literature , so maybe he can get some facts about Social Security...Poor guy.

Posted by: Zsa Zsa at April 5, 2005 08:04 PM

It is true that however we proceed with Social Security, whether we tinker with the basic Ponzi scheme, create personal accounts within it, or downright privatize all or a portion of it, there will be a huge cost to get us past the boomer generation. For those over 55, I think we should trim future benefits by indexing to costs rather than wages. For the rest of the population, we should dismantle this anachronistic relic to the degree possible in the political realm. If a cost is to be incurred, it should be incurred in the service of creating great national wealth through savings, real savings that can be used for economic expansion that will create a higher standard of living and more jobs and which can be passed from parent to child. The statists believe that social security is not a good scheme, but worth saving because it creates societal and intergenerational cohesion. Cohesion through coercion, what a great slogan for the statists. Imagine the real cohesion a growing economy in which we all are owners will create. The choice is clear and must be made soon.

Posted by: bill at April 5, 2005 08:36 PM

Is there any doubt that Algore's new adventure will have the same spin RTV has on it?

I find it funny that RTV is adamantly against something that younger taxpayers are overwhelmingly for.

Posted by: Hoodlumman at April 6, 2005 09:23 AM