• Rick Perry's Book Not Intended as Factual Statement About Rick Perry's Views

    by Ilya Gerner

    In the the olden times of 2010, Texas Executioner-in-Chief Rick Perry wrote a book titled Fed Up!, which expressed concerns about the Social Security system by comparing it to Bernie Madoff's Ponzi scheme and calling America's chief social insurance program, which serves 54 million beneficiaries, the equivalent of "fraudulent systems designed to take in a lot of money at the front and pay out none in the end."

    Then, perhaps realizing that Democrats employ the kind of dastardly, underhanded political operatives who smear their political opponents by quoting their exact words, the Perry campaign decided to throw Rick Perry under the bus

    But since jumping into the 2012 GOP nomination race on Saturday, Mr. 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, Mr. Sullivan said, but "Fed Up!" is not meant to reflect the governor’s current views on how to fix the program. [...]

    In an interview, Mr. Sullivan acknowledged that many passages in Mr. Perry’s "Fed Up!" could dog his presidential campaign.

    The book, Mr. Sullivan said, "is a look back, not a path forward." It was written "as a review and critique of 50 years of federal excesses, not in any way as a 2012 campaign blueprint or manifesto," Mr. Sullivan said.

    Oh, sorry. Our mistake for thinking that something titled Fed Up! might be a little manifesto-y.

    Anyway, bottom line, it's a shame to see a good man turn into a RINO. The Rick Perry who wrote that book was willing to stick to (and shoot) his guns, but apparently the Rick Perry who's running for president is just going to kowtow to the olds, those entitled jerks with their fancy disability, survivors' benefits and pension checks.

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    Tags: Bernie Madoff, Books, Money, Primaries, Republicans, Rick Perry, Social Security, Texas


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