Press Release - New Hampshire Union Leader Editorial Praises Newt
Gingrich wins: ID's the real Social Security scarer
Published Sep 16, 2011 at 3:00 am (Updated Sep 15, 2011)
In last Monday's CNN-Tea Party candidates' encounter, Republican presidential aspirant Newt Gingrich made an excellent point regarding who may be scaring whom the most on the subject of Social Security. He was not very concerned about the verbal tussle going on between Mitt Romney and Rick Perry, Gingrich said, not when President Barack Obama is telling the country he couldn't guarantee that Social Security checks would go out last month.
"Now, why should young people who are 16 to 25 years old have politicians have the power for the rest of their life to threaten to take away their Social Security?'' Gingrich asked.
Obama partisans defended their man's outrageous claim, made twice, by saying if the debt-ceiling issue hadn't been resolved, the government wouldn't have enough money to pay all its bills. That is debatable, but it is without question that Social Security would have been a top priority.
Democrats are now gleeful that Gov. Perry of Texas has dared to call Social Security a "Ponzi scheme." Former Gov. Romney, sensing an opening with that inartful language, is challenging Perry on the issue.
Liberal news media, which have already decided the GOP battle is a two-man contest, are all for making as much of the Social Security issue as possible. But it was Gingrich who scored best on the subject by turning it back on the Democrats, who are intent on demagoguing this one until next November. The Republican Party and its contenders may want to look to former Speaker Gingrich for the best strategy on Social Security questions and perhaps on many others.
Newt Gingrich, Press Release - New Hampshire Union Leader Editorial Praises Newt Online by Gerhard Peters and John T. Woolley, The American Presidency Project https://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/node/297777