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Fox Guest Advocates Weaning Off “Dependency” Of Social Security And Medicare

Reported by Guest Blogger - November 1, 2010 -

By Brian

Fox News’ Business Block programming was preempted Saturday (10/30/10) for an election special called, “Ballot Battle: We're Broke, Who's Booted?” that was more like a GOP Get-Out-The-Vote rally. One of the guests was Star Parker, Republican Congressional Candidate from California. When she spoke about making "hard choices,” host Neil Cavuto asked for specifics. Parker replied, "Hard choices like the collapse of Social Security, hard choices like the collapse of Medicare."

Apparently, Parker was too extreme even for Fox. Either that, or Cavuto knew she had virtually no chance of winning. He said impatiently, "I know, I know. What are you going to do… about Social Security?"

Parker replied, "We have to wean ourselves off of these types of dependencies. Social Security is going to collapse under its own weight, so what we have to do is start thinking about new ideas."

"Like what?" Cavuto asked.

"Consider letting anyone over 75 years old not pay taxes. It might offset what they're getting from the government,” Parker said.

"Would you raise the retirement age?" Cavuto asked.

"Absolutely not," she answered.

"Where’s the tough decision, then, Star?" Cavuto pressed.

"We’ve made a model that cannot work in the 21st century. So we have to wean all of our young off of government dependency." Parker said.

"So have young people get used to the fact that they're not going to get Social Security?" Cavuto asked.

"I don't know,” Parker told him. “…When President Bush tried it, it didn't work. I think that he should've went for age instead. Perhaps everybody under $30,000/year (I think she meant people under 30) would begin the weaning process to where they own their retirement."

Comment: I think she meant people under 30. Between not having specifics at first, and then proposing ideas that probably won't work or get passed, be very afraid if this lady is elected Tuesday to Congress. Fortunately, Nate Silver gives her a .1% chance of winning.

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