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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