Monday, August 22, 2011

65 Days

Andrew Sullivan has posted a picture of Rick Perry signing his book, Fed Up, at the Republican Leadership Conference on June 18, 2011.

That was 65 days ago.

Today, we found out the he was just kidding.

From Ben Smith:

Rick Perry wrote in his book, "Fed Up!" that Social Security is unconstitutional. He hadn't really retreated from it as of last week, when he confirmed to me that he'd consider replacing it with a set of state pensions.

But his communications director seems to be in full retreat, in a comment to The Wall Street Journal's 

Neil King:

But since jumping into the 2012 GOP nomination race on Saturday, Perry has tempered his Social Security views. His communications director, Ray Sullivan, said Thursday that he had “never heard” the governor suggest the program was unconstitutional. Not only that, Sullivan said, but “Fed Up!” is not meant to reflect the governor’s current views on how to fix the program.

Perry now officially favors the same thing as everyone else: strengthening the program.
In related news, Paul Ryan has once again denied that he will run for President of the United States. There is a simple reason why. Ryan understands that he is unelectable. His health care plan is largely unpopular with the American people. He wants to privatize Medicare and he knows he will be battered for it.

I wonder if Rick Perry thinks he will be any different?

We need gradual reform, not empty rhetoric.

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BOSMAN said...

Will they move his book into the "Fiction" section now?

Concerned Patriot said...

I disagree strongly that Paul Ryan is unelectable. People will bash his medicare bill, but we need to let him crush Obama in a debate a lot of these others will not do it. People who pay attention love the young congressman.

DanL said...

I can't wait for the Florida primary and debate. If Perry is still in it by then, he will crash and burn with the retired community in Florida.

Pablo said...

Concerned Patriot,

I know that you are both concerned and a patriot, but as Dan mentioned, Rick Perry will likely get rocked in Florida, as would Paul Ryan.

Whether you like it or not, Medicare is still popular in the United States. I don't know that that is an issue that he can win in a debate. What i would prefer is a more modest approach to entitlement spending. Let's gradually reduce costs, not completely dismantle the entire system.