ROMNEY BLASTS PERRY ON ‘PONZI SCHEME’ AFTER CALLING SOCIAL SECURITY ‘CRIMINAL’
Four years of the most hypocritical president in history, who will say anything to anyone, (failing to remember that magical devices exist that capture spoken words, and play them back to haunt him), are four years too many. Mitt Romney seems like a nice enough guy – as did Obama – but guess what Mitt? We don’t need another four years of hypocrisy – even if it’s a Republican hypocrite.
Questioned about his past criticism of Social Security during last week’s debate, Rick Perry stood by his assertions that the program’s guarantees of government retirement benefits for seniors constitute “a monstrous lie” and “a Ponzi scheme.” While the analogy is certainly a negative one, if we define a Ponzi scheme as “taking money from one person and giving it to another – under the false pretense that the money being received is somehow a ‘return on investment’,” that sure as hell sounds exactly like Social Security, does it not?
(Too many Americans believe that they are “investing” their “contributions” into their own “retirement accounts” – failing to realize that Social Security is simply a transfer system – whereby younger employees fund the retirement of seniors.)
“Maybe it’s time to have some provocative language,” Perry said, adding that his goal was to fix the program for future retirees. HELL YES it’s time; the “time” is long overdue.
Social Security has always been the “third rail” of politics; similar to discussing religion or politics with family members – sitting around the Christmas dinner table. The difference, of course, being that most Republicans are scared to death to speak their true minds on the sensitive issue, knowing full well that Democrats will jump all over them, and immediately play the fear card, employing their time-worn strategy of terrifying senior citizens. (Remember the recent political ad, featuring a Paul-Ryan look-alike, pushing an elderly lady off the cliff in a wheelchair?)
In response to Perry’s honest assessment of the dismal state of Social Security, Romney responded that he would never call Social Security a failure:
“Under no circumstances would I ever say, by any measure, it’s a failure. It is working for millions of Americans.”
Following the debate, the Romney camp turned up the heat on Perry by releasing a statement calling his criticism of Social Security“reckless” and “wrong.” “Governor Perry believes Social Security should not exist,” the release said, adding that Romney thinks it should be “fixed for current and future retirees.”
So, has Romney performed another flip-flop and embraced the Democrats’ position on Social Security, or was he merely borrowing a liberal scare tactics in an attempt to frighten seniors away from Perry? Perhaps a review of Mitt’s comments on the subject will provide “clarify” things:
In his book “No Apology: The Case For American Greatness”, which was published just last year, Romney compared those managing Social Security to criminals, saying:
“Let’s look at what would happen if someone in the private sector did a similar thing. Suppose two grandparents created a trust fund, appointed a bank as trustee, and instructed the bank to invest the proceeds of the trust fund so as to provide for their grandchildren’s education. Suppose further that the bank used the proceeds for its own purposes, so that when the grandchildren turned eighteen, there was no money for them to go to college. What would happen to the bankers responsible for misusing the money? They would go to jail. But what has happened to the people responsible for the looming bankruptcy of Social Security? They keep returning to Congress every two years.”
And just two weeks ago on the campaign trail? Romney said that he didn’t know of a single Republican who actually wants to cut Social Security or Medicare for people in or near retirement:
“I don’t know of any Republican whose running for office who said they want to cut Social Security or Medicare benefits to people who are retired or near retirement. Not one, I haven’t heard a word of it; so Republicans, like myself, are not gonna cut social security or Medicare for people who are retired or near retirement. And for the people who say we are, they are demagoguing an issue very much that harms America. Because we need to be truthful on this.”
Follow your own advice, Mitt; we are fed up with a hypocritical president who says one thing to one group – and the complete opposite to another. We are fed up with a president whom we do not trust, and we are fed up with the lack of character and conviction in the Oval Office.
We are fed up with politics-as-usual, Mitt; and if you continue to behave like Obama 2.0, we will soon be fed up with you as well.