Rick Perry Says Social Security and Medicare Are Unconstitutional

From Think Progress:

“I don’t think our founding fathers when they were putting the term “general welfare” in there were thinking about a federally operated program of pensions nor a federally operated program of health care. What they clearly said was that those were issues that the states need to address. Not the federal government. I stand very clear on that. From my perspective, the states could substantially better operate those programs if that’s what those states decided to do.”


  1. Well, if we are going to play the “I don’t think the founding fathers were thinking” game . . .
    Were they even envisioning programs like Social Security, Medicaid, Medicare, etc.? I’m a little fuzzy on that subject.
    Also: I doubt our founding fathers were envisioning voting rights for women and non-whites, property rights for women, non-whites, so forth and so on. Or maybe Perry thinks these should also be decided at the state-level.

  2. I love the way right wingers now try to eliminate rights and protections by passing them off as state issues. It’s like they are actively promoting the Balkanization of America through the destruction of centralized govt.

    1. Well, except for gay marriage. That has to be outlawed at the federal level because you can’t trusts some states. Mitt Romney said in Thursday’s GOP debate, “Marriage should be decided at the federal level… Marriage is a status its not an activity that goes on within the walls of a state.”

      1. Actually, that’s one issue where Rick Perry said he was fine with states deciding it. If the only part of the constitution he actually cares about is the tenth amendment, at least he’s consistent about it. Uhm, I guess.

  3. Our founding fathers also envisioned flying cars! Where’s my flying car Washington? Something sporty, not like a DeLorean, but you know, something that’ll look good buzzing over the neighborhood.

  4. I don’t think our founding fathers were preoccupied with the moral repurcussions of homosexual relationships, the legal availability of medically administered abortions, or the need for large dogmatic and creepy public prayer sessions lead by political leaders. Rick Perry is a ponce and his opinions on the contemporary preoccupations of constitution signers have as much value to current policy debate as a thoughtful disection of the moral implications of badminton being an olympic sport. But if he gets the nomination he’ll garner 49.5% of the popular vote.

  5. The founding fathers only thought of muzzle loading black powder muskets so lets apply that to the second amendment.

    Given the great job the Republicans have done in continuing to fuck up the economy – and Obama’s willingness to let them do it while not being so rude as to point out what they are doing – means this lemon has a pretty good chance of being President by 2013.

    Then no matter how crappy a disappointment the current Republican President has been we will learn he is not as bad as it gets.

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