“I put in my book a series of proposals on how to get [Social Security] on sound financial footing so that our kids could count on it, not just our current seniors. But the real question is: Does Governor Perry continue to believe that Social Security should not be a federal program, that it’s unconstitutional and it should be returned to the states? Or is he going to retreat from that view?”
● Is Perry’s position on Social Security what he wrote in Fed Up!?
Perry, In Fed Up!: “Social Security is something that we’ve been forced to accept for more than 70 years now … at the expense of respect for the Constitution and limited government.” (Rick Perry, Fed Up!, 2010, p. 50)
Perry: “By any measure, Social Security is a failure.” (Rick Perry, Fed Up, 2010, p. 62)
● Is it what he said on his book tour last year?
Perry: “Get it back to the states. Why is the federal government even in the pension program…? Let the states do it.”
PERRY: “When you look at Social Security, it’s broke. … Get it back to the states. Why is the federal government even in the pension program or the health care delivery program? Let the states do it. … That, I will suggest to you, is one of the ways this federal government can get out of our business, save a lot of money and get back to that Constitutional way of doing business in those enumerated powers that they’re supposed to have.” (MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” 11/5/10)
Perry: “Let the states … run the pensions.”
PERRY: “There’s a number of things in that book that will strike Americans as horrifying. And we must, as a people, get put back in the box. Get this government back to the limited form that our founding fathers sought. Let the states, whether it is how to run Medicaid, how to run the pensions.” (FOX’s “On The Record With Greta Van Susteren,” 11/8/10)
Perry called Social Security a program “THAT WE DON’T NEED.”
PERRY: “I think every program needs to stand the sunshine of righteous scrutiny. Whether it’s Social Security, whether it’s Medicaid, whether it’s Medicare. You’ve got $115 trillion worth of unfunded liability in those three. … And I think we should have a legitimate, honest, national discussion about Washington’s continuing to spend money we don’t have on programs that we don’t need.” (Andrew Romano, “Rick Perry On The Record,” The Daily Beast, 8/12/11)
● Now, he’s changed his mind? Here’s his latest opinion:
On September 12, 2011, Perry wrote that “America’s goal must be to fix Social Security” so Americans “really can count on [it] for the long haul.”
“America’s goal must be to fix Social Security by making it more financially sound and sustainable for the long term. … Americans must come together and agree to address the problems so today’s beneficiaries and tomorrow’s retirees really can count on Social Security for the long haul.”(Rick Perry, Op-Ed, “I Am Going To Be Honest With The American People,” USA Today, 9/12/11)
Now, that’s a switch…
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