For whatever reason, former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, a clear establishment Republican who is about as popular with the GOP base as bloody hemorrhoids, has decided that he would, once again, try to run for president. This is a guy who has been pretty inactive politically since the last time he was politically relevant, which was 2016. And yet, here we are, with Christie making headlines again. Some people don’t know when to take a hint.
Just days before the first Republican Party debate, Christie is proposing a number of changes to both Medicare and Social Security as a means of saving the programs from defaulting over the next years, according to Just the News.
This past Saturday, Christie urged Americans to think about potentially raising the eligibility for younger Americans in order to provide time to prepare and create testing that would exclude wealthy Americans from being recipients of the programs.
“We have got to have this conversation. And other than me, nobody in this race is willing to talk about it. It’s ridiculous,” Christie went on to say during a conference held in Atlanta and hosted by conservative activist Erik Erickson. I really hope Erickson is not getting on board the Christie train. I mean, talk about a guaranteed loss. Yikes.
“The ex-New Jersey governor blasted Joe Biden and national Republicans for earlier this year agreeing they weren’t going to touch the two primary entitlement programs in America,” the report said.
“The most disgusting part of Joe Biden’s State of the Union address this year was when he stood up, and he said, ‘We’ll all agree, right? We’re not going to do anything to Social Security?’ And both sides got up and cheered,” he recounted.
He then went on to refer to party leaders in Washington as “a group of liars and cowards, because they know they know that in 10 years, Medicare will be bankrupt. And in 11 years, Social Security will be bankrupt.”
Check out more details from JTN:
The Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget is warning that benefits for the average retired couple would fall more than $17,000 per year if the Social Security becomes insolvent in 2033.
Christie said a simple but powerful fix would be to raise the eligibility age for Americans under 50.
“We can make real savings over the long term by playing with eligibility age,” the former New Jersey governor said. He then mentioned the idea of excluding wealthy folks from the program as another means of saving it from default.
“I’m sure he’s collecting it, but Warren Buffett does not need Social Security,” he pointed out.
I mean, he makes an excellent point about Buffett. Rich people most definitely don’t need to be on these government programs. We need to find ways to utilize the free market to help people become more successful and financially independent throughout their lives so they won’t need these programs, which don’t really meet the needs of Americans anyway.
The less dependence a person has on the government for their provision, the better off they will be.
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