The National Organization of Social Security Claimants Representatives (NOSSCR) has put out a press release on its ongoing conference in Seattle and saluting its outgoing president, Chuck Martin, and its incoming president, Debra Shifrin. Certainly, Chuck and Debra deserve the recognition. The bigger point is that NOSSCR now has a public relations firm putting out press releases on its behalf. NOSSCR also has a political action committee (PAC). The PR firm and the PAC are new. Why does a 32 year old organization like NOSSCR suddenly decide it needs a PR firm and a PAC? It's the political environment NOSSCR members and their clients face. We have to arm ourselves. There are people gunning for us.