Making an issue of this is crazy. Now, I am no Ron Paul fan, but this is a stupid attempt by the left to make a generally good man look bad. Ron Paul, an opponent to Social Security, has admitting that he has been taking retirement benefits from the agency. Now here’s the deal; in his defense, getting out of receiving benefits after a certain age isn’t as easy as you may think. However, there are ways around the law, primarily through religious affiliation. Even then, its not as simple as making a statement of your religious views.
Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas) may rail against Social Security insolvency in the public eye, but that hasn’t stopped him from accepting the government checks.
The libertarian-leaning Republican and former presidential candidate admitted Wednesday that he accepts Social Security checks just minutes after he called for younger generations to wean themselves off the program, in an interview on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.”“I want young people to opt out of Social Security, but my goal isn’t to cut,” he said.
The Huffington Post’s Sam Stein then asked Paul, “A bit of a personal question — Are you on Social Security? Do you get social security checks?”
Paul admitted he does, stating, “[It’s] just as I use the post office, I use government highways, I use the banks, I use the federal reserve system. But that doesn’t mean that you can’t work to remove this in the same way on Social Security.”
So Ron Paul wants get rid of Social Security, but he still uses the system. I would personally like to see the scope of Social Security cut back a bit in order to make it last longer. For example, raising the retirement age, giving people the opportunity to opt out and not pay the Social Security taxes, making the disability requirements a little more strict, etc.
Keep in mind, if the person opts out of the Social Security system, they will not be eligible to receive benefits beyond what they’ve paid into the system. Making the disability system more stringent would cut down on costs, too. I know, for a fact, that many people on Title 2 or Title 16 Social Security Disability could work if they really wan’t to. I see people every day that want to get on the public dole, but could, if they had any drive, actually work. Some of them get approved! Make the guidelines for disability more stringent and stick to it.
I’m not going to jump on the bandwagon attacking Ron Paul for being on Social Security retirement; even with his rhetoric of doing away with it. He’s paid into the system, there’s no problem taking back from it at his age.