DNC - Perry Punts on Social Security, Blames Popover

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Perry Suggests Social Security And Medicare Are Unconstitutional, Saying The Founding Fathers Did Not Intend “General Welfare” To Include Federally Operated Pension Or Health Care Programs. Perry: “I don’t think our founding fathers when they were putting the term ‘general welfare’ in there were thinking about a federally operated program of pensions nor a federally operated program of health care. What they clearly said was that those were issues that the states need to address. Not the federal government. I stand very clear on that. From my perspective, the states could substantially better operate those programs if that’s what those states decided to do.” [Andrew Romano Interview with Rick Perry in the Fall 2010, via The Daily Beast, 8/12/11]

 

Three Times During A November 2010 Interview With Newsweek, Perry Called Social Security “A Ponzi Scheme.” “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. They’re bankrupt. They’re a Ponzi scheme…I think the first step in finding the solutions is admitting we have a problem—and admitting that Social Security is a Ponzi scheme…What I did say is, We have to be courageous as a country and stand up and admit that we have a Social Security program that is bankrupt, that is a Ponzi scheme…” [Rick Perry Newsweek Interview in November 2010 (published in full by The Daily Beast, 8/12/11)]

 

Rick Perry: “By Any Measure, Social Security Is A Failure.” In his book Fed Up!: Our Fight to Save America from Washington, published in 2010, Rick Perry wrote, “By any measure, Social Security is a failure.” ["Fed Up!: Our Fight to Save America from Washington," Gov. Rick Perry]

 

Perry: “I Challenge Anybody To Stand Up And Defend The Social Security Program That We Have Today." “I challenge anybody to stand up and defend the Social Security program that we have today…” [Rick Perry Newsweek Interview in November 2010 (published in full by The Daily Beast, 8/12/11)]

 

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“But you said Social Security is unconstitutional,” Mitchell repeated.

 

“I don’t think I — I’m sorry, you must have,” Perry said before stopping himself.

 

Instead of elaborating, Perry stuffed a generous piece of popover in his mouth. (Perry called them “pop ups.”)

 

Rick Perry Can’t Defend His Claim That Social Security Is Unconstitutional Because He’s ‘Got A Big Mouthful’

By Ian Millhiser on Aug 18, 2011 at 12:48 pm

At a campaign stop at a New Hampshire restaurant today, Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) refused to explain his previous claim that Social Security violates the Constitution. Rather than clarify how this firm stance can be squared with his post-presidential campaign announcement position that “Social Security’s going to be there” for the elderly, Perry stuffed some food in his mouth and then refused to answer because his mouth was full:

Inside the café, Gail Mitchell and a companion grilled him: “You said Social Security was unconstitutional.”

“Social Security’s going to be there for those folks,” Perry answered his inquisitors, making reference to the elderly.

“But you said Social Security is unconstitutional,” Mitchell repeated.

“I don’t think I — I’m sorry, you must have,” Perry said before stopping himself.

Instead of elaborating, Perry stuffed a generous piece of popover in his mouth. (Perry called them “pop ups.”)

“I’ve got a big mouthful,” Perry said and then ordering a glass of water. He later tripped over one of the women standing at his side pressing him on Social Security.

“I’m sorry, sweetheart,” Perry said to her.

Popovers, a hollow egg batter roll similar to a Yorkshire pudding, are delicious. But they are no excuse for Perry’s refusal to answer a basic question. In an interview with the Daily Beast’s Andrew Romano, Perry claimed that “pensions” and “health care” are not issues the federal government can address under the Constitution, so it’s difficult to see how Perry expects Social Security (or Medicare, for that matter) to be there for seniors when he is convinced that they violate our nation’s founding document.

And if Perry ever finishes chewing his popover, he has plenty of other questions to answer about his absurd vision of the Constitution, including:

  • ·         Pell Grants & Student Loans: When Perry said, “I don’t think the federal government has a role in your children’s education,” did he mean that all college students must lose their Pell Grants and federal student loans overnight, or can they finish out the current semester?
  • ·         Child Labor Laws: Does Perry’s statement that “national labor laws” are unconstitutional mean that he would like to hire child workers himself, or just that coal mine and factory owners should be free to start hiring 9-year-olds if they chose to?
  • ·         Ending Democracy
  • ·         Workplace Discrimination
  • ·         Jefferson Davis Perry

Clearly, Rick Perry has many, many questions he needs to answer about his twisted view of the Constitution. There probably aren’t enough popovers in New Hampshire to allow him to dodge all of them.