Once upon a time, I liked Governor Chris Christie of New Jersey. He seemed tough but now as he seeks the presidency, I realize he is not too bright. He keeps touching thee third rail of American politics: Social Security.
He wants to means test it.
No, no, no, no, and hell no.
This pandering to those envious of successful people eventually bites the middle class in the butt.
That is how the income tax began. The Chris Christies of a century ago said it was only fair to tax the super-duper rich.
Today, half the country is now super-duper rich according to the IRS.
Here is what he told Fox News on Sunday about Social Security:
WALLACE: Finally, what should voters think of any of your rivals who say we can preserve Medicare and Social Security without cutting benefits?
CHRISTIE: They're not telling the truth. They're just not telling the truth. Or, I guess, the alternative could be, Chris, they want a massive tax increase on the American people. If they want that, that's fine. Here's my attitude about it, you have two choices, to either get rid of some benefits for the very wealthiest in America who don't need a Social Security check and I've talked about that, or you can give the government that's already lied to us and stolen from the trust fund more of your money. I'm going to tell you the truth -- I don't want to give the government more of our money so they can lie more to us and steal more from us.This anti-government rhetoric comes from a career government employee who became a politician.
The way to fix Social Security is to raise the interest Congress pays on the money it borrowed from Social Security from the 3.6% it now pays to 6%.
No muss. No fuss. No means testing. I began paying into Social Security when I was 16. The government had better keep its promise and not punish me for having a 401-k instead of blowing my paycheck every week.