An article in the LA Times accuses newly appointed economic policy director for Obama, Jason Furman, of having supported privatizing social security. There are a number of issues on which most progressive economists would differ with Furman, but this claim that he supported privatizing social security is simply an outright lie as pointed out on both brad delong and ecnomists view. Instead, he was one of the firmest and most effective critics of the Bush plan to gut social security.
One place he did that was from a perch as a co-blogger on the predecessor to this blog, the much-missed Maxspeak, formerly run by Max Sawicky. During the period of the battle over the Bush attack on social security, Dean Baker was also a co-blogger there, and it was command central for those opposing the Bush plan (with people like Bruce Webb and I also making a lot of noise there). It was from Maxspeak as transmitted through Brad Delong to Paul Krugman, the NY Times, and then the broader media that the most effective anti-Bush-plan arguments were promulgated, transmitted, and then brought to bear. Whatever one thinks of his views on Wal-Mart and other matters, Jason Furman played an important role in this successful effort to preserve social security as it is.