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Here, for instance, is an insane thing that Rick Perry has said recently, from the Daily Caller:
Speaking to a crowd in Iowa this weekend, the Texas governor and GOP presidential hopeful doubled down on statements he made in his book, Fed Up!, that Social Security is essentially a pyramid scheme.
“It is a Ponzi scheme for these young people,” Perry said. “The idea that they’re working and paying into Social Security today, that the current program is going to be there for them, is a lie. It is a monstrous lie on this generation, and we can’t do that to them.”
No one who masterminds a Ponzi scheme — or pyramid scheme of any kind — ever admits to running out of money. What they say is, “We ran out of people.”
Over at Talking Points Memo, they’re wondering how all of this will affect Perry’s campaign:
It’s a risk, of course. But Perry seems to be getting more popular, not less. From LATimes:
Fourteen days after announcing his Republican presidential candidacy, Texas Gov. Rick Perry has expanded his lead in a new national poll, while both Mitt Romney and Sarah Palin slide slightly and Michele Bachmann is in single digits.
A new CNN/ORC International Poll of Republicans out today shows Perry now holds the support of more than one-in-four (27%), up significantly from the 15% he had before his Aug. 13 announcement at the Redstate Gathering of conservative writers in South Carolina.
And Obama seems to be getting less popular, not more. From TBO.com:
Whites and women are a re-election problem for President Barack Obama. Younger voters and liberals, too, but to a lesser extent.
All are important Democratic constituencies that helped him win the White House in 2008 and whose support he’ll need to keep it next year.
An analysis of Associated Press-GfK polls, including the latest survey released last week, shows that Obama has lost ground among all those groups since he took office. The review points to his vulnerabilities and probable leading targets of his campaign as he seeks to assemble a coalition diverse enough to help him win re-election in tough economic times.
And then young people and Rick Perry both agree that Social Security is a scam. From USAToday:
A USA TODAY/Gallup Poll finds that a majority of retirees say they expect their current benefits to be cut, a dramatic increase in the number who hold that view. And a record six of 10 non-retirees predict Social Security won’t be able to pay them benefits when they stop working.
Skepticism is highest among the youngest workers: Three-fourths of those 18 to 34 don’t expect to get a Social Security check when they retire.
So, let’s add this up: Rick Perry, the presidential candidate who right now has the most powerful momentum, is saying things on the stump that most voters already agree with, is criticizing an unpopular president, and the left thinks this is going to be a problem for Perry?
Talk about insane.