Buying Into Dependence

Carol Platt Liebau
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Posted: Jun 06, 2013 7:31 PM

If the campy IRS video weren't enough, the US government is spending your tax money to return to the Star Trek well, using the same theme to promote Social Security (because who, after all, even knew we had it?!).

Here's the first ad:

But don't worry -- that's not all.  There is also this Star Trek social security ad . . . and this one.  And this one, reminding everybody about disability, too (as if a lot of us didn't already know):

In an era of IRS scandals, Benghazi, and snooping on the press, I understand why the Obama administration would want to give Big Government a little good PR.  But in an era when the sequester is causing deep defense cuts (and Marines have to do with one less hot meal per day) -- and is being blamed for everything from shutting down White House tours to the Boston Marathon bombings -- it's a bracing look at the Obama administration's priorities.