John Kasich could have been a contender. Bright, experienced, telegenic, and a very popular governor in the must-win state of Ohio, Kasich could have been The One.
But on Friday, he blew it when he told a man to "get over it" and thatvhe will cut Social Security benefits.
The hell you will, John, the hell you will. I began paying my Social Security Insurance Premium at 16 when I made $1.30 an hour. No company gets away with promising a 16-year-old kid one thing and then not delivering when he is 62. Any politician who suggest that should jump into Lake Erie.
Ohio Gov. John Kasich said Friday that a New Hampshire audience member would "get over" cuts to Social Security payments as a result of his reform plan -- and the left is already pouncing on the comment.
The Republican presidential candidate was asked about entitlement reform during NH1's "Fiscal Fridays" series in Concord, New Hampshire, on Friday, and he said it was something that would have to get done.
"We can't balance a budget without entitlement reform. What are we, kidding?" Kasich said when asked about his opponents who say they won't touch entitlements.
Kasich said he was part of the effort to reform Medicare and Medicaid in the '90s, and that he also had a plan to change Social Security so that initial benefits were lowered for individuals not yet near eligibility.
He asked audience members to raise their hands if they were far from receiving Social Security, asked them if they knew yet what their initial benefit would be and then asked them if they would be bothered if it were a little lower for the good of the country.
One person said it would be a problem.
"Well, you'd get over it, and you're going to have to get over it," Kasich joked.
Within an hour, the liberal PAC American Bridge was already out with a video of the encounter, and the New Hampshire Democratic Party quickly circulated the video, saying Kasich "threatened our Granite State seniors."Kasich is wrong. Totally. He should apologize to Republicans for feeding liberals a talking point about Republicans wanting to destroy Social Security.
He should apologize and then bow from the race.
By the way, there is no Social Security "tax." Your payroll deduction falls under the Federal Insurance Contributions Act. FDR set it up that way so they could never take it away from you.
I liked Kasich, but he touched the third rail of American politics. That's a darned shame, too.
Fixing Social Security is easy. Conress now pays a mere 3.6% interest on the money socked away in teh Social Security Trust Fund. Raise that to 6%. Problem solved.