Posted by: Rick | Thursday, September 8, 2011

Romney On Social Security: Perry Lite

So last night Mitt Romney goes after Rick Perry for calling Social Security a “Ponzi scheme” and “a monstrous lie”. Well, whoop-de-doo. Talk is cheap.

We all know that Mittens is nothing if not malleable:

At the Republican debate in 2007, Romney felt that then President George W. Bush’s plan of having private accounts for Social Security “works.” The former CEO of Bain Capital also had a moment on the campaign trail backing privatization.

“Social Security cannot continue the way it is,” he said at a town hall in Iowa in October 2007. “The two major paths that we have is one, to raise taxes on people, which I don’t want to do. And the other is to allow some portion of people’s money that they’re now having taken out of their salaries to be invested in Social Security.”

When a female attendee stated that his plan was “privatization,” Romney offered a different term. “You call it privatization, I call it a private account.”

When the teabaggers start banging on Romney to privatize Social Security, how long do you think it will be before he starts sounding like Rick Perry?

Let’s not turn the world’s biggest flip-flopper into Frances Perkins.

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