If SS is “means tested” then it just becomes a senior citizens welfare program - a money redistribution program for those who didn’t save while at the same time punishing those who did.
You can’t have it both ways.
Perry speaks on S.S. after the 1/2 way mark in this 12 minute audio of Perry at a press conference.
The WHOLE thing is great.
I've got a slogan for him.
Hope and Change.
I am liking this guy more every day.
Boy, three pro-Perry posts before 6 AM Texas time this morning. You’re even working harder to promote St. Rick than the RINOs (Allahpundit and Ed Morrissey) at Hot Air. And, that’s saying something.
Move over Governor Christie.
Perry will get the same reaction as Christie did and as a certain casino mogul did. Watch Perry's poll numbers.
That’ll go over well with all those folks in Florida who are dependent on Social Security.
Oh, the libs are gonna hate that! "Another gaffe", "more anger", "crazy talk", "lies!". I can hear it all now.
Perry was right that outspoken criticism of Social Security can be a headache for a politician. Last Thursday, he was confronted by protesters who said he called the program unconstitutional; he responded, ABC News reported, by putting “a generous piece of popover in his mouth” and saying, “I’ve got a big mouthful.” Outside the restaurant, protesters yelled, “Hands off Social Security and Medicare!”
That same day, Perry’s campaign put forth word that the candidate was essentially repudiating his earlier stance on Social Security. As the Wall Street Journal reported, Perry communications director Ray Sullivan said he hadn’t heard Perry suggest Social Security is unconstitutional and cast “Fed Up” as “a review and critique of 50 years of federal excesses, not in any way as a 2012 campaign blueprint or manifesto.” The book, Sullivan told The Journal, is “a look back, not a path forward.”
Man’s on a roll!
I’ll give Perry credit - he’s the first major candidate to state the obvious truth about Social Security. Now will he state the same truth about Medicare? How about our national debt? The list is endless for an “honest politician”, I wonder if this is as far as it goes for him?
HOORAY Rick Perry for at least saying that much about it. Thanks for posting, Cincinatus’ Wife. Thanks to all posters.
If he’s talking about privatization, then I’m all for it.
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The Governor calls Social Security a “mess,” “a Ponzi scheme,” and alot of other things, and points out that it obviously was not a response to an emergency (it didn’t start paying until 1942) as well as the fact that the money has all been spent every year,but he never wrote in “Fed Up!” that it was unConstitutional.”
Liking him more every day...
While I agree with his sentiments, you don't make Social Security reform a campaign issue, you focus on jobs, jobs, jobs.
His lack of discipline with his campaign message could be his eventual undoing.
He more Perry talks, the more I like him.
Entitlement reform is all about explaining to fearful recipients that the system as it is is heading for disaster, and the only way to protect those who rely on it most is to reform it.
My thought is that 65 isn’t “elderly” and the SS and Medicare qualification age should be floated to maintain annual solvency. Then, let the AARP fight it out over SSI fraud and means testing.
Social Security and Medicare are New Deal and the Great Society Illusions.
Its all been a scam. FDR got away with it in 1935 because only 2% of the population lived past age 65 at that time. A comparable age medically today would be 85-90!!!
To the extent that We the People have let this lie fester and unfold to the social disaster presently looming on the horizon...is all our fault. the skittle-pooping unicorn was just too cute.