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Democratic prebuttal: Perry ‘radical,’ Social Security not a crisis, economy improving

by George Bennett | September 12th, 2011

Wasserman Schultz

TAMPA — Before eight Republican presidential hopefuls take the stage here tonight for a CNN/Tea Party Express debate, Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz was here to offer a “prebuttal” to the event.

“Tonight the Republicans will worship at the altar of the tea party. They will continue to try to out-extreme and out-right wing each other. They will continue to ask nothing of the wealthiest and most fortunate Americans,” said Wasserman Schultz, a congresswoman from Broward County.

Asked about Republican frontrunner Rick Perry and his contention that Social Security is a “Ponzi scheme” for younger workers, Wasserman Schultz said, “I just don’t see how someone with his radical point of view is going to get a lot of mainstream support here in Florida. This is a right-down-the-middle state.”

Social Security’s trustees have said the program as it’s now structured will only be able to pay about three-quarters of promised benefits beginning in 2036. That year, when today’s 40-year-olds turn 65, is far enough away that “this is not a fire, this is not an emergency or crisis…..We have some time to things in a responsible way,” Wasserman Schultz said.

To fix Social Security, Wasserman Schultz said, “Republicans and Democrats, like has been done in the past, need to sit down together and, as President Obama has suggested, focus on reforms on the margins that are going to shore up the long-term solvency of Social Security and Medicare as well.”

The national unemployment rate is 9.1 percent now compared to 7.8 percent when Obama took office in January 2009. The number of non-farm jobs in the nation has decreased from 133.6 million in January 2009 to 131.1 million in August, according to the Department of Labor.

But, Wasserman Schultz said, “The economy is better than when President Obama began his term in office. As he started, we were in free-fall. The economy was bleeding 750,000 jobs a month. You had a banking system that was about to go over the edge. Now, two and a half years later, not only have we stopped the free fall, but we’ve had 18 straight months of private sector job growth. We’ve begun to turn things around.”

8 Responses to “Democratic prebuttal: Perry ‘radical,’ Social Security not a crisis, economy improving”

  1. Same Old, Same Old Says:

    Debbie must indeed be blood related to sub-zero, or his Indian name Walking Turkey — a bird so full of chit it cannot fly.

    ;-)

  2. Sid Dinerstein Says:

    Not only has DWS sold out her country, she has sold out her faith as well, just so she can get a pat on the head from President Obama.
    Yom Kippor is coming soon. Tell her.

  3. R. Neck Says:

    The solution is simple. What Florida needs to do is secede from the union. We did it before. We can do it again

  4. unreal Says:

    “Republicans and Democrats, like has been done in the past, need to sit down together and, as President Obama has suggested, focus on reforms on the margins that are going to shore up the long-term solvency of Social Security and Medicare as well”

    Oh yeh Debbi that is a great plan. They should sit down and talk about it. Unreal. How do we get people like this leading our country?

  5. Carrie Says:

    “Frightenin­g to imagine members of the audience yelling out to “Let Him Die”. This sounds like gladiator days at the Roman Arena. This is who the Republican Part is courting. If our country has sunk to these levels then we can rest assured that our young Republic does not have long to go before it crumbles into ashes and dust. The mob mentality who feeds off of fear and hatred are reminiscen­t of Germany in the 1930′s. Its so sad to see history repeating itself with no lack of cheerleade­rs to stir up the crowd. I wonder where when the GOP will start distributi­ng armbands and Lederhosen and marching the crowd down the street doing the goose step? These are sad times in America for in reality neither party is worth a rats carcas. One is worse than the other and the two together could not find their way out of a donut hole.”

  6. Sandy Shoes Says:

    Carrie says: “Frightenin­g to imagine members of the audience yelling out to “Let Him Die”.

    “”Hey. We executed Grandpa last night.”

    The crowd goes wild.

    Not a dry seat in the house.”

    “The answer may have struck a truly libertaria­n tone but it was clearly overshadow­ed by the members of the crowd who enthusiast­ically cheered the prospect of letting a man die rather than picking up the tab for his coverage.
    ===

    It used to be understood that nothing was ever really “like” the Nazis. Looks like times have changed. Is there a conservati­ve in the forum who can explain the enthusiast­ic cheering?”

    That’s your Tea Party

  7. FL rep Says:

    Communists in the USA were of what religious background?

  8. Eric Says:

    “…SS is financially sound, The economy is improving, The stimulus worked, The check’s in the mail, I’ll still respect you in the morning, I’m from the government, and I’m here to help…”

    Oh Debbie, you’re so TOTALLY CLUELESS!

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