Posted by: Rick | Monday, August 29, 2011

The World Is Their Tea Bag

Republican presidential front-runner Rick Perry wrote a book (Fed Up!) in which he called Social Security a “bad disease”, a “Ponzi scheme”, and “unconstitutional”.  No one — I repeat, no one — can get elected spouting such right-wing extremism.

On Saturday, given a chance to do the smart thing and repudiate himself, Perry said, “I haven’t backed off anything in my book.” This makes the Texas governor either a) an idiot, b) an egomaniac, or c) both. (Par for the Republican course.)

Sooner or later, Governor Hairdo is going to have to get serious about being president. What’s amazing is that GOP base voters don’t seem to want him to. Check out the comments at this link from National Review Online. The wingnuts there love Perry’s crazy talk! They don’t seem to care if he wins or loses, as long as he keeps making sweet, teabagger music.

It won’t be easy for Rick Perry to do all the flip-flopping he needs to do to beat Barack Obama.

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  1. Social Security is a ponzi scheme. It is only legal because the crooks in Washington set it up. You try to run an investment savings program like SSI and you will be in a cell next to Madoff. Washington hates competition for their monopolies.

    • http://www.forbes.com/sites/deanzarras/2011/03/11/why-social-security-is-a-ponzi-scheme/

      • http://www.ssa.gov/history/ponzi.htm

      • Of course I would want to go to the Social Security website to find out if they are a ponzi scheme.

        Come on Rick, think for once. Do you really believe the social security web site would be honest about themselves or do you think they may be a bit biased?

        • As a factual matter, Social Security simply isn’t a Ponzi scheme, no matter how many times Rick Perry says it is. Here’s a column from Fortune magazine (hardly a bastion of left-wing ideology) explaining it again:

          http://money.cnn.com/2009/01/06/news/economy/social.security.fortune/index.htm

          • Nope, I read Mr Zuckoff’s CNN Money article you linked to and he has no factual evidence that proves SSI is not a ponzi scheme. In fact, if you read it, he shows how it is a ponzi scheme.

            I love when he leads off with his best evidence:
            “First, in the case of Social Security, no one is being misled.”

            So as long as everyone knows it is a rip off then it is not a ponzi scheme. I guess that’s the best you can ask for from a Boston university professor of journalism.

            You may want to read the link I provided from an economist, Dean Zarras. An economist may know a bit more about ponzi schemes than a journalist.

  2. Skimming through some of the comments at National Review are so far out there, it almost makes you want to laugh at the stupidity they believe in.

    Ponzi Scheme? Give me a break.

    I’ve seen videos of Perry where he can’t give an answer to an easy question. The guy is dumb as a wet bag of horse shit.

    • I comment frequently at NRO under the name “maksutov66”. It’s like talking to a wall. They’re completely impervious to anything factual.


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