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Thursday, October 27, 2016

Perry Doubles Down On Social Security Attack

Rick Perry is at it again. Just one week after Perry’s Communications Director Ray Sullivan told the Wall Street Journal that Perry’s anti-Washington book Fed Up! does not reflect the Texas governor’s current views on Social Security, the Texas governor reiterated the his controversial position on the program.

On Saturday Perry told an Iowa crowd that

“[Social Security] is a Ponzi scheme for these young people. The idea that they’re working and paying into Social Security today, that the current program is going to be there for them, is a lie,” Perry said. “It is a monstrous lie on this generation, and we can’t do that to them.”

Perry went on to declare that “I haven’t backed off anything in my book. So read the book again and get it right.”

Considering that Fed Up! argues that Social Security, federal education policy, consumer financial protection, and bank regulation are all unconstitutional — among other controversial claims — it’s hard to disagree with Perry’s declaration. Voters should definitely read Perry’s book and get his policies right, because otherwise they might find themselves unwittingly voting for one of the most extreme conservative presidential candidates in memory.

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  • silvergranny

    Rick Perry isn’t the only one who is Fed Up……this granny is fed up, too. I’m fed up with what the Republican party and the Tea party have done to Democracy in the USA.

    When Clinton left office, we were on a path to a balanced budget, Americans were working and consumer confidence was high.

    I’ve just finished reading a phamplet published during the 1800’s describing how the discovery of America had given rise to the Age of Enlightenment…………My God, how far off base have we come as a Nation of Unenlightened folks…..we are drifting back into the dark ages of Old Europe when the poor were ruled by the wealthy and the elite.

    The only thing that can save us now is to awaken to true reason and scientific evidence of what is real and not what is imagined.

  • geojrpa

    One time as a young man I began my career and started to pay into Social Security. That was something that I really never thought would be my retirement one day. Since I worked for companies that never provided any retirement benefits. Today I am very thankful for SS. It was NO Ponzi scheme for me. Most of us have not been born with a Silver spoon in our mouth like Mr. Perry.

  • rbrtdun

    Rather than being a “ponzi” scheme, or an “entitlement”, social security is MY money plus earnings over the years coming back to me at retirement. I and my employer paid into this account, and now I am withdrawing from the account. Much like my 401K account, which was also MY money. How can these politicians call this a ponzi scheme or an entitlement? Is your money that you have in savings an entitlement? Is your investments considered an entitlement? Better forget these goofball tea baggers.

  • Dik

    Mr. Decker;

    For those who want the government to take care of them Social Security must seem like a good deal. As for me, if that money they took directly from me and indirectly through my employer had been left in my pocket, I would have much greater wealth today even with the recent stock market gyrations.

    Also, where in the Constitution, which was written to limit the reach of the national government, are any of the programs Mr Perry mentioned permitted?

    Dik Thurston
    Colorado Springs

  • susiep44

    My husband and I paid our FICA taxes throughout our 50+ years of working. We were lucky enough to have been able to put some extra aside toward retirement. We have never made big money (he is a retired minister, I’m a retired social worker)and are not expecting to live like millionairs now; however there are lots of people who have paid into SS and have no other source of income (family $, big salaries, etc). While Gov. Perry thumps his bible and talks about the constitution, he needs to THINK about what that WWJD bracelet really means. The government has “borrowed” from the SS funds on a regular basis. It’s my money – not the government’s. How thoughtless of us seniors to live longer than was expected back when SS was set up! If Gov. Perry wants to refuse his SS when the time comes because he is one of the “HAVES” is this country – more power to him. I’ll bet he is first in line to sign up.

  • jussmartenuf

    Of course you would have been a billionaire by now. What nonsense. People are living hand to mouth and have nothing to save and barely enough to eat. The social security program is the difference between destitution and subsistence for many and other non caring people would let them starve. I am continuously amazed at the callous nature of Republican thinking.