Neil Cavuto interviewed former welfare recipient and now wingnut welfare recipient Star Parker who is running for the US House of Representatives in California. What's sad is her incoherent nonsense actually represents what the Republicans are running on this year, Social Security privatization. And the voters are going to love an "independent thinking" Republican that promotes this platform. There's nothing "independent" about it and if they think the voters are going to like this, they're sadly mistaken.
That won't stop them from coming on the air day after day pretending we need to hand our social safety net over to Wall Street though in order to "save it" though.
Parker: Well we know that Republicans are going to sweep the House and perhaps even the Senate because people are looking at what Nancy Pelosi has done which is build out bigger government and they are frustrated. We've already seen the damage of large government. We can look into any inner city in this country and see the damage of big government.
And even union workers now are getting pink slips. We're falling apart in California and we're falling apart as a nation, so she's... the referendum is on Nancy Pelosi.
Cavuto: But it's not necessarily a love hug for you and the Republicans right? I mean they just hate you guys less pretty much, right?
Parker: Well, that might be true. It just depends on what type of Republican is sitting in that room when we have our orientation. I'm going to win my district, the 37th here in California. So it just depends if it's an independent thinker, if it's somebody that perhaps has looked out at this type of debt and said we cannot go this way any longer and we're going to be willing to make the hard choices, then they will fall in love with Republicans.
Cavuto: When you say hard choices, so what are they? […] I always hear there are hard choices... like what?
Parker: Hard choices like the collapse of Social Security. Hard choices like the collapse of Medicare. (crosstalk)
Cavotu: What are you going to do about Social Security?
Parker: What you have to do, we have to ween 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...
Cavuto: Like what?
Parker: ...and how we're going to transition ourselves. Well one of the things I think we should consider is letting anyone over the age of 75 years old not pay taxes. It might offset what they're getting from the government, their property taxes, their state taxes, their income tax. We've just got too much taxation. What we need to do is take a look...
Cavuto: Would you raise the retirement age?
Parker: Absolutely not. I would not raise the retirement age because the people that would get hit hardest are the people who are the most vulnerable. They're not living up to that retirement age right now.
Cavuto: Where's the tough decision at then Star?
Parker: The though decision is for the American people to realize that we've made a model that should not work and cannot work in the 21st century so we have to ween all of our young people off of government dependency.
Cavuto: So young people, get used to the fact that they're not going to get Social Security?
Parker: I don't know that they're going to get used to it. When President Bush tried it, it didn't work. I think that he should have gone for wage instead, everybody under $30,000 will get a weening process to where they own their retirement as opposed to letting the government later on send them a little check.