Is “Ponzi” Perry On to Something?

The webblogntweets are aflame today with the apparent political suicide of Rick Perry in last night’s GOP “debate,” in which the combative Guv eagerly described Social Security as a “Ponzi scheme” and a “monstrous lie” to future retirees who are paying into a system that will never return their investment.

Timesman Ross Douthat reports the elation among the Romney camp as Perry held forth:

  As soon as the exchange happened, a Romney adviser e-mailed Politico’s Ben Smith: “[Perry] has lost. No federal candidate has ever won on the Perry program to kill Social Security. Never has. never will.” That’s spin, yes, but I’m sure the Romney people believe the basic premise. As well they should. Everything we know about American voters — and yes, Republican primary voters very much included–suggests that Perry’s comments will eventually be deadly to his electoral prospects.

And they surely  may be. But–in this blog’s constant spirit of dogged fairness, even to candidates I could not support– what about this from a Gallup Poll taken last year?

Do You Think the Social Security System Will Be Able to Pay You a Benefit When You Retire? Asked of Nonretirees

And what about this?

Do You Think the Social Security System Will Be Able to Pay You a Benefit When You Retire? Asked of Nonretirees, by Age

So. If 60 percent of all respondents currently paying into the system don’t believe the bennies will be there for them,  and an amazing 76 percent of young workers paying into the system don’t think so, is it possible that “Ponzi” Perry may have some company out there? Just wondering.

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