Rick Perry Is 'Fed Up'
Romano, Andrew, Newsweek
Byline: Andrew Romano
On Nov. 15, Rick Perry--who was just reelected governor of Texas after a decade in office--will release Fed Up!, a book calling for a radically limited federal government. An early Tea -Party supporter, Perry insisted last week that he wouldn't run for president in 2012--even as he made the -media rounds in New York. Regardless, his proposals provide the clearest preview to date of a Tea Party presidential platform. Edited excerpts from his conversation with NEWSWEEK's -Andrew Romano:
In the book, you call Social Security a "failure" that "we have been forced to accept for more than 70 years now." Is it time for it to end?
I would suggest a legitimate conversation about letting the states keep their money and implement [their own pension] programs. The first step in finding the solutions is admitting we have a problem--and admitting that Social Security is a Ponzi scheme.
What about Medicare? Republicans in Washington are railing against Medicare cuts in the new Demo-cratic health-care law--even though they're exactly the kind of cuts they've been advocating for decades.
I would suggest that …
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