Rick Perry, in the debate last week, stated the truth about Social Security that others dare not say. It is a Ponzi Scheme. His fellow Republicans in the presidential primary have chosen politics over the truth. It’s painful as a conservative, to watch the others and especially Rep. Michele Bachmann, who created a TEA Party Caucus (which we didn’t want), to jump on the old political bandwagon of maintaining the status quo instead of telling Americans what they already know – Social Security, in its current form, is broke and unsustainable. Mitt Romney tees up first, by speaking the lie in the debate but since then he has added more fear and anxiety to the minds of the elderly. Romney is showing himself to be a politician willing to avoid the painful truth about the Social Security program, all in order to knock Rick Perry out of first place in the polls. Just Because You Politicians Have Lied For Years Mitt, Doesn’t Mean We The People Don’t Know The Truth:
Yeah, that’s the flaw in this shrewd yet cynical twist on Mediscaring. The reason Paul Ryan has attained Yoda status among conservatives is that he’s willing to accept great political risk in the name of educating the public about the unsustainability of their favorite entitlements. If Romney’s willing to risk short-circuiting that initiative in the interest of getting nominated, why wouldn’t he break from the GOP on entitlement reform as president if he thought it might help him get re-elected? Granted, he’s proposing some Social Security reforms himself, but that’s not the part of this that he wants undecideds to hear. The reform talk is aimed simply at covering his right flank so that tea partiers can’t accuse him of supporting the unsustainable status quo. What he wants low-information voters to take away from all this is that he’ll “protect” Social Security and Perry won’t. The reform talk is window dressing.
Perry’s campaign is sending around a press release noting that Romney ripped on how Social Security is funded in his own book, but that’s not inconsistent with Mitt’s reform talk. The following is a bit more damaging, but Romney can deflect it by saying, “I hadn’t read Perry’s book yet when I said it”:
I expect flipflopping from Mitt Romney, and he has never been my choice for the Republican candidate for President, because he cannot keep a straight line of reasoning in his speeches. He is always fishing for the next vote. It is Michele Bachmann who is the most disturbing. I understand she wants to be President, I’ve supported her, and wished she would take off in the polls and get closer to that dream as well, but for her to play politics with this issue while on the campaign stump, and expect conservative TEA Party members to support her, well, she just made a huge mistake. For clarification purposes, Rick Perry never said that the government would not keep “faith” with today’s seniors, as a matter of fact he even said for those his age, the program would no doubt continue as it has been. It is the young adults my sons’ ages who are being sold a bill of goods and will never receive the benefits of Social Security. Both Romney and Bachmann know that Perry is telling the truth to the American people, but they’d rather win political points than do what is right for the American people. Oh Michele How You Have Ruined Yourself In My Eyes
Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann spoke with Radio Iowa by phone this afternoon, with Social Security the main topic of conversation. Without naming competitor Rick Perry (although I did in the questions), Bachmann said federal policymakers have to “keep faith” with current Social Security beneficiaries. ”That’s wrong for any candidate to make senior citizens believe that they should be nervous about something they have come to count on. We need not do that, but I think at the same time we also outline our positive solutions,” Bachmann said. “That’s what I’m trying to do.”
For those who want to keep Social Security in its original form, you need to know that they are keeping a program that when it began it had 142 workers to pay for each beneficiary. Today, that number is 3 to 1 and when my sons get to retirement age, it will be completely gone. Asking them to pay into something that they will never see any benefit from, is making them pay for a welfare program for someone else. Social Security recipients today receive 300 thousand dollars of every 100 thousand dollars they contributed. This is unsustainable. It was never envisioned that retirees would have the longevity they have today, and thus receiving benefits long past amounts paid in. I understand retirees 65 and older receiving the benefits promised, and even those 50+, which does not include me, want what they were promised – but the promises have to stop – because a promise is not a check in the bank any more. This Country is broke, the Social Security funds already paid in were raided by an unrestrained government and now these issues must be faced. Rick Perry is telling the truth, a truth the American people need to hear.