Part of the President’s attempt to convince us that there is a crisis in Social Security, as opposed to something of an issue that we need to address, is to lie whenever he gets the chance. That might seem a risky strategy, what with the outrageous, near-communist liberal media we have int eh US, but inexplicably he manages to get away with it. I’ve mentioned it before, but here are a couple of new examples:
Mr Bush says: “In the year 2018, for the first time ever, Social Security will pay out more in benefits than the government collects in payroll taxes”
The pinkos at MSNBC say: “That is just plain wrong. In 14 of the past 47 years, including 1975 to 1983, Social Security paid out more in benefits than the government collected in payroll”
Mr Bush says: “If you’re 20 years old, in your mid-20s, and you’re beginning to work, I want you to think about a Social Security system that will be flat bust, bankrupt, unless the United States Congress has got the willingness to act now”
Erm, ‘Truth’ says: One of the main Republican criticisms of Social Security is that it is (largely) Pay-As-You-Go. A PAYG system based on payroll taxes can’t go “flat bust” unless nobody has a job. Unless that’s the idea.
There are many thinks the President says that seem wrong, but are just a result of a poor choice of words. But then there are moments like these, when he just lies. Our President, the liar. Makes you feel kind of warm and fuzzy doesn’t it?