Is political correctness more important to Americans than hearing the unvarnished truth about the condition of their country?
Social Security is a “Ponzi scheme for these young people,” said Gov. Rick Perry in his first debate as a presidential candidate. “The idea – that the current program is going to be there for them is a lie.”
Pressed by the moderator, Perry did not back down. He doubled down, calling Social Security a “monstrous lie to our kids.”
Is not such language provocative, Perry was asked. Retort: “Maybe it’s time to have some provocative language in this country.”
Since Barry Goldwater suggested the program be privatized and LBJ ran an ad of a Social Security card being scissored in half, the issue has been “the third rail of American politics.” Touch it – and it kills you.