Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Marco Rubio flip-flops on Social Security

Posted Sep 27, 2010 by William March Updated Sep 27, 2010 at 02:17 PM
Marco Rubio’s change in position on privatization of Social Security was “a conclusion based on extensive study of the fiscal impact,” not a flip-flop intended to win votes, his campaign press spokesman said today.

Responding to an earlier post, spokesman Alex Burgos also said Rubio’s stance opposing privatization isn’t new—he’s been saying it since March.

Rubio has criticized Crist almost daily for a year as a politician “who will say or do anything to win an election” and flip-flops repeatedly.

Floridians “don’t want just another politician who breaks their pledges depending on their poll numbers,” said Alex Burgos, Rubio for Senate spokesman, in one of scores of such news releases.

But Burgos said Rubio’s shift is different, even though Rubio also signed a pledge last year to support partial privatization, which he now no longer honors.

Last September, appearing on conservative radio host Laura Ingraham’s show, Rubio agreed to sign her 10-point pledge including No. 8 on Social Security, labeled “End Generational Theft.”

“As few believe America’s entitlement programs will be able to pay benefits to future generations,” the pledge says, signers promise to “provide younger workers the choice of diverting payroll/Social Security taxes into personal retirement accounts.”

Rubio's position is idealogical because entitlements like Social Security and Medicare contribute around 10 per cent to the deficit. The big deficit buster was the Bush tax cuts--48 per cent and defence spending --35 per cent. Rubio is unlikely to support any cuts in defence spending or to let the Bush tax cuts expire.


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