Okay, our privatization <$NoAd$>flimflam project is off to a good start. We've already got four entrants who've earned enough points for their own Special Edition Privatize This! TPM T-Shirt. And a half-dozen or more others have gotten at least a few points toward the magic T-Shirt number of ten.
(The shirt winners got their merchandise for bagging Sean Hannity, Bob Novak, Rep. Chris Chocola (R) and Sen. Tom Coburn (R).)
If you have no idea what we're talking about, click here for the announcement from last week. Or if you don't have the time or energy for that, which we'd certainly understand, just take our word for it that we're giving away cool anti-privatization T-Shirts for readers who find examples of Social Security phase-out supporters claiming that the word 'privatization' is some sort of Democrat-inspired slur against the beauty that is private accounts even though that was the term they themselves used until the RNC found out it made the policy unpopular with voters.
The RNC et al. have already been successful at bullying a slew of reporters out of even using the word by claiming that doing so represents some sort of liberal bias.
Inside baseball? Yeah, you could say that. But we think it's one piece of pro-Social Security phase-out monkey-business worth blowing out of the water right now. And, in any case, we think the T-shirts are cool.
Since Friday we've also had a bunch of queries from readers about whether the T-Shirts will also be on sale for those who can't make the time to sit in front of their computers for hours buzzing through google and nexis. And, yes, for those of you who would like acquire your Special Edition Privatize This! TPM T-Shirt strictly through the cash-nexus, we'll be selling them too.
The image there on the right, in case you were wondering, is the graphic that appears on the back of the shirts. If you click on the picture you can see a somewhat larger version of it.