Rick Perry Is 'Fed Up'

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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 any Republican who is not going to work toward finding a solution to our budgetary problems ought to just go home and let somebody come who really is interested in not spending more dollars that we don't have on programs that we don't want. …