Perry: ‘Social Security is Ponzi Scheme’


social-securityRepublican Governors Association chairman Rick Perry (R-Texas) called Social Security a Ponzi scheme on Sunday and said young workers know they will never receive any of the money they currently pay into the fund.”What I’m saying is that between Social Security, Medicaid and Medicaid there’s $106 trillion of unfunded liabilities and not one dime saved to pay for them,” Perry said on Fox News Sunday. “My children who are in their 20s know that Social Security is a Ponzi scheme.”

When challenged by host Chris Wallace, who pointed out that when Social Security started there were seven or eight workers for every retiree, Perry doubled down on his criticism by arguing the program would even shame Charles Ponzi, who inspired the term by paying returns to early investors using money from later investors.

“It probably is a program that even makes Mr. Ponzi feel pretty bad if he was still alive. The fact is our children know that the money that they’re putting into Medicaid they’ll never see,” Perry said.

“And it is a Ponzi scheme. I don’t know how you would explain it any other way than what you just did. There are fewer people paying into it and our kids are never going to see any benefit from it. Fix it and fix it today. ”

Despite his criticism Perry didn’t have any immediate ideas for how to put social security on stronger footing, but said giving states their Medicaid funds in the form of block grants would go a long way towards saving taxpayers dollars and balancing state and federal budgets.

“Medicaid, we think we can save substantial dollars for the federal government and for the states if they’ll allow us to implement that program,” Perry said, urging the administration to allow states to be the laboratories of innovation.

Perry also disagreed with Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) that this week’s initial public offering from General Motors shows the government’s bailout of the auto companies had been a success.

“I don’t know whether it worked or not,” Perry said. “Here’s what’s more important. Sending the message there are people out there or there are entities out there that are too big to fail is just wrong. It is wrong philosophically. It is wrong for a fiscal conservative to say that.”

{The Hill/}


  1. Social Security started in the United States in 1935. That means that millions of Americans have benefited from the scheme over the course of the last 75 years.

    Does this Rick Perry really think that he will set the Potomac alight with his world-shattering “discovery”? Can he come up with a BETTER idea?

    Somehow I think that this petty would be potentate can not.

  2. We pay into a system that takes money and continues to push off the point when we can collect. Sounds like a Ponzi scheme to me. Maybe if money paid in was held in an account for the depositor…

  3. For better or worse, we are all required to pay taxes on our income. Legally, payroll taxes are taxes like any other; these mandatory taxes are administered by the IRS, NOT by the Social Security Administration. In exchange, those who have paid those taxes are entitled to Social Security (and Medicare) benefits. Would Governor Perry prefer that we pay these taxes without receiving anything in return?