End Social Security, Medicare, and the Welfare-Warfare State!

Date: 11/08/2010

Reject the Welfare/Warfare State

by Ron Paul

Last week’s midterm elections have been characterized as a victory for grassroots Americans who are fed up with Washington and the political status quo. In particular, the elections are being touted as a clear indicator that voters demand reductions in federal spending, deficits, and debt.

If the new Congress hopes to live up to the expectations of Tea Party voters, however, it faces some daunting choices. For all the talk about pork and waste, the truth is that Congress cannot fix the budget and get our national debt under control by trimming fat and eliminating earmarks for “Bridges to Nowhere.”

Real reductions in federal spending can be achieved only by getting to the meat of the federal budget, meaning expenditures in all areas. The annual budget soon will be $5 trillion unless Congress takes serious steps to reduce spending for entitlements, military, and debt service. Yet how many Tea Party candidates who campaigned on a platform of spending cuts talked about Social Security, Medicare, foreign wars, or bond debt?

With regard to entitlements, the 2010 Social Security and Medicare Trustees report tells it all. It paints a stark picture of two entitlement programs that cannot be sustained under even the rosiest scenarios of economic growth. No one, regardless of political stripe, can deny the fundamental problem of unfunded future liabilities in both programs.

We should understand that Social Security was intended primarily to prevent old widows from becoming destitute. Life expectancy in 1935 was only about 65, when there were several workers for each Social Security recipient. The program was never intended to be a general transfer payment from young workers to older retirees, regardless of those retirees’ financial need. Yet today Social Security faces an unfunded liability of approximately $18 trillion.

First, Congress needs to stop using payroll taxes for purposes not related to Social Security, which was a trick the Clinton administration used to claim balanced budgets. Second, Congress should eliminate unconstitutional spending – including unnecessary overseas commitments – and use the saved funds to help transition to a Social Security system that is completely voluntary. At some point in the near future Congress must allow taxpayers to opt out of federal payroll taxes in exchange for never receiving Social Security benefits.

Medicare similarly faces a shortfall of $30.8 trillion in unfunded future benefits. The Part D prescription drug benefit accounts for approximately $15.5 trillion, or half of the unfunded Medicare liability. Congress should immediately repeal the disastrous drug benefit passed in 2003 by President Bush and a Republican Congress.

Fiscal conservatives should not be afraid to attack entitlements philosophically. We should reject the phony narrative that entitlement programs are inherently noble or required by “progressive” western values. Why exactly should Americans be required, by force of taxation, to fund retirement or medical care for senior citizens, especially senior citizens who are comfortable financially? And if taxpayers provide retirement and health care benefits to some older Americans who are less well off, can’t we just call it welfare instead of maintaining the charade about “insurance” and “trust funds”?

Military spending and interest on the national debt similarly represent large federal expenditures that Congress must address by rethinking our foreign policy and exercising far greater oversight over the Federal Reserve and the Treasury department.

I have for a long time criticized our interventionist foreign policy and the Fed, and I will continue to do so. It’s time for Congress to face the fundamental problems that affect Social Security and Medicare, and show the courage necessary to make real changes to both programs by rejecting the welfare/warfare state.


  • That is retarded. Private insurance is the biggest Ponzi scheme ever.

  • Citizen

    SS was “mandatory” Ponzi scheme when FDR created it.

    It started out being only 1.5 % wage withholding and now is almost 15%

    It was a lie in the beginning and remains one today…

    Yet Public Employees Retirement Association (PERA) is an account set up in the name of the recipient working for the Government of Union backed positions.

    Yet the Private sector workers are dumped on and nothing is set aside or guaranteed…

    Social Security is a SCAM…

    Good Luck collectiing !


  • daniel joe oconnor

    you lose me when you start dissin social security. there are even abuses allowed so dissers can say “look at the abuse”. it would not be in financial trouble if it had not been looted. you say social security will be broke in 2037 we gotta “fix” it. i paid almost 1/3 of my paycheck into SS for 30 years and you call it welfare? drop dead.

    • nbonasoro

      of course its welfare because social security recipients are getting 4 times as much as they put into it. Also you should be appalled as a social security recipient that the government artificially lowers its calculated inflation rate for the country to short change the recipients who should have increase of 8.5 percent per year but instead are getting increases of 3 percent each year.

  • Northwalker111

    I agree with Max…research what the man is speaking about! Bring back the qualifications to get on SS. They have been very lax!! I know one thing, we need something done. It is part of what is draining US.

    We have become the laughing stock of the world, check out the blogs from foreigners. We are – thieves, greed mongers, liars, courthungry people, arrogant…I could go on and on. We have become a disgrace to the world, we are so wrapped up in our selfish intentions it is sickening.

    For example, the other countries in the world outlawed a nicontide spray that is causing the bees to die…and yet do you think greedy American would >>>NO, because “Bayer” is the maker of the sprays. Look the plastic bottles, Canada is the one who really brought it to the media…other countries outlawed it, and yet again America continued to use it until it was hammered in the media (3 years later) to start elimiating it – while in the interium it is poisoning our children and men. Soy is another thing, all the evidence is there to promote thyroid and other medical conditions …yet good ole America continues to promote the sick products. They outlawed raw milk, raw foods…we literally are a growing sick , sick nation. Look at the teens – they look ill.

    We need a REAL change, not just politics again. Look at all of GOP, pretty much same old good ole boy politics except a few – Ron Paul is one of the few. What does it take for America to put someone in that will change things. We got change from Obama, we don’t like that, lets go the other direction with RON PAUL. He will change for the better. Do we want to be free? Or continue on with gov’t control, we do need someone with good judgement and assessment of all things. Vote Ron Paul.

  • elizabeth duggan

    look for pastor lindsey williams on the internet he was a chaplain on the alaskan pipeline and was a part of the elite globalist goverment secret meetings he will tell you what the new world order is planning he is accurate on everything he says you will see things he says come true he had to informants of the elite goverment meetings telling him things too obama will start a war with libya in septrember or october then he will also invade saudi arabia to take them over and turn it all over to the muslim brotherhood look into them to he also plans on taking over europe. alaska has one of the largest oilfields in alaska but they wont pump it out until barrel prices reach $150 to $200 dollars a barrel they have an agreement with china to buy from the federal reserve to help pay off our deficit debt europe will also be turned into the muslim brotherhood 9/11 was an inside job our goverment paid alqeuida to run the planes into the towers thermite explosives were found in the debris of all three buildings the towers and building 7 thats why they imploded into their own footprint bombs were heard going off by rescue workers before the planes hit the buildings the first floor lobby windows were blown out the leaseholder of all three buildings made millions of dollars from the insurance companies. you wont here any of this from the media because they are controlled by the goverment. they said they never found the black boxes one of the fireman at ground zero saw them with the black boxes if you want the real news with diocumented evidence go to infowars.com or prisonplanettv.com with alex jones he is telling the truth don’t buy what the media is saying scientist tested the debris and found thermite it is used for controlled demolition archtects and engineers said the plane hitting the towers would have caused them to fall differently as well as building 7

  • elizabeth duggan

    you will find fema camp training and fusion center training on homeland security website it is in http://www.dhs.gov/xlibrary/assets/privacy-report-803-qtr-1-2011.dpf see pages 8 9 & 10 of the document go to http://www.dhs.gov/assets/hr_5005_enr.pdf and look in document for fema camps and training our goverment is lying to us. wake up ron paul look at bill hr645 it talks about the fema camps when jesse ventura went to a cosponsor of the bill he said there were no fema camps look for fema camps lockdown full length movie and see for yourselfs i am a real patriot if ron paul was he would speak up about it

  • elizabeth duggan

    ron paul i also heard that the goverment is planning to make wage cuts and cuts in their pension plans to pay back the deficit that obama and other presidents have created its time for us to stop sending millions of dollars on the military foreign countries and take care of our usa citizens the super congress of six heads of the house six heads of the state and the goverment are part of the new world order they want people to be chipped with the verichip the mark of the beast in the bible no one will be able to buy or sell anything without it your thumbprint, religous views, polital views and your money will be stored on these chips and the goverment can take money from you at anytime or turn off your money so you can’t buy or sell anything. armed guards will make you take it as well as the unsafe vaccines h1n1 swineflu vaccines are not safe they are adding cancer viruses into them and other toxic agents like aluminum and mercury stand up and be the patriot you claim to be what are you afraid of? everyone look into the internet and view what i am saying wake up america.

  • elizabeth duggan

    our goverment is spying on our cellphones and our internet usage and our regular phones homeland security website has all the details on this i investigated it when jesse ventura went to the fusion centers they lied and said it was not run by anyone they lied they are homeland security command centers to lock up citizens in the fema camps view fema camps lockdown full length movie. view enemy of the state full length movie they say they are detention centers for illegal aliens etc there are several camps around the country view jesse ventura fema camps there are stockpiles of disposal coffins they claim are casket liners two people asked permission to inestigate them and they will fit up to four bodys our country is poisoning our water, our vaccines, our food, swat teams can search and seize your homes without a warrant they can arrest you without due process of law there are bills and fbi documents to prove that it is all true prolifers christians supports of ron paul and returning military are all considered domestic terrorist it was on the alex jones show he showed the pamplet put out by homeland security but you won’t find it on their website you will find information about the fema camps so called residential centers they are not run by ice as they claim but by homeland security it is on their website so are the fusion centers they are going to declare martial law and round us up like the jews in nazi germany to be exterminated in the camps there are stock piles of these coffins throughout the country they are going to claim a pandemic and are going to force vasccines on us that are not safe go to are vaccines safe vetshelpcenter and view the video everthing i am saying is on the internet with proof to back it up flouride is rat poision.

  • elizabeth duggan

    we all paid into social security and the goverment took our money and spent it on the military and other programs like fema homeland security fema camps we are entitled to social security i am disabled and i cannot live without social security i have no savings my ex-husband stole all my money i firmly disagree with you on social security i live in a depaul residence because i have major depression, anxiety disorder, agrophobia, IBS, problems with my legs arthritis in my knees i need medical care and physical therapy you want to rob us like all the other politicans my mother and father-in law worked for several years and now you want to take away their means of retirement the goverment wants to steal our iras, pension plans, and 401k’s i sent several videos to your grassroots committee i challenge you to watch all of them i am against your stance because it will leave me homeless i need my medications so that i can function i want you to email me and respond to what i say otherwise i will have to withdraw my support of you i believed you were for the people talk about the fema camps and the fusion centers being run by homeland security people need to know what is going on if you were a true patriot you would warn the people

  • – You’re a fucking liar. On your profile you said:
    “I’m 5’6 and 130 lbs of pure muscle!”

    Now you’re saying you’re on Social Security disability. You’re a fucking liar. People do think. They think that lazy, con artists like you have been mooching off of the rest of us for far too long. People are sick and tired of paying for shitbirds like you who lie so you can sit at home and play on the internet. Your inability to work is not my responsibility and your lying isn’t helping.

  • – You’re a fucking liar. On your profile you said:
    “I’m 5’6 and 130 lbs of pure muscle!”

    Now you’re saying you’re on Social Security disability. You’re a fucking liar. People do think. They think that lazy, con artists like you have been mooching off of the rest of us for far too long. People are sick and tired of paying for shitbirds like you who lie so you can sit at home and play on the internet. Your inability to work is not my responsibility and your lying isn’t helping.

  • Max

    My god..amazing how many uneducated and clueless morons comment on this website. If you idiots would listen more carefully and study more Ron Paul’s ideas you’d actually think 1o times before opening up your mouths..he doesn’t want to take away from you your HARD-EARNED benefits and live intact the rest of the government. . quite the opposite.
    He wants to make sure only those ones that really are entitled to get them and above all to cut-off the damn fraudsters and the wastes that surround the SSA. We all know how many lazy-asses come to this country from well known countries from “part of our continent” and live off the good life on uncle sam’s expenses. The program needs to be restructured cause in no way young americans are willing to pay 30% of their income to fund this sinking ship of the Social Security in the next decades. It’s true that Ron Paul wants to get rid of many Federal and money wasting programs,but over time and these processes takes DECADES for a smooth transition. He’s not gonna get rid of SS in 2 years in case he gets elected you idiots…

  • MaryStewart

    social security-disability- people such as myself need it to live on. My son has a mental challenge, he too should get disability, but he doesn’t. He cant hold down a job, I support him! Therefore my son can’t take care of me. What should we do–live on the streets and eat garbage? I worked for more than 20 yrs, paying into the system, then I became unable to work. People don’t think! Perhaps they’ve never even been close to a situation where there’s no money to support themselves.Are we lazy?

  • referring do disablity cheques? i wish i could get that. KEEP SSI and MEDICARE!

  • MaryStewart

    ron paul, you suck! my mom needs ss! how can we live without it?


    Social Security for me is NOT AN ENTITLEMENT!
    Let me repeat….Social Security is NOT AN ENTITLEMENT. I have payed in since I started working over 30 years ago. Hands off! And don’t even think about privatizing it!
    If somebody is dumb enough to think that I’ll give up the Social Security that I have payed in they are simply too stupid for my vote!
    De-fund the American empire, eliminate all foreign aid(global welfare), and bring American jobs back home!
    And if anyone wants to seriously look at entitlements they should grow a pair and look in Washington D.C. That city is ripe with entitlements that can and should be cut first!!!

  • Quit pretending like you lazy selfish dumb ass americans care about your children, grandchildren or elderly, or anything else you don’t have a clue or country. one good thing you bastards can’t take nothing with you when you die. so bow down to your real god money.

  • keithdra

    Quit pretending like you lazy selfish dumb ass americans care about your children, grandchildren or elderly, or anything else you don’t have a clue or country. one good thing you bastards can’t take nothing with you when you die. so bow down to your real god money.

    • destroyallidiots

      And your God …..oh yes by your tone and words you bow to the religion of empirical stupidity.And it what part of the universe do you live where those in power or want to be do not bow to the dollar.You don’t like Americans from your words,but you have access to the net…hmmm.Either you pay or supplied by some social funding. Lazy selfish well I agree we are too lazy to police and ratify our own govt in a lot of cases…the myth social and welfare programs grew directly from the depression…caused yes by the greedy in finance and government…same as our recent history but….selfish…no.Guilty of too many fingers in pies,but definitely we are the pigs that weak minded idiots that hate us so much turn their whiny little voices when they are in need…usually proving there stupidity while denouncing us at every turn..oh your rant Great Example!

  • univibe23

    Social Security was exactly as you said–for the elderly. Unfortunately it has grown into a program in which 20 yr old’s who have Bipolar disorder or who are depressed are collecting 4 life!! Medicare originally intended to help senior Citizens with Hospitalization expenses–now provides everything from diapers to free Hover-rounds. “Call today” the huckster says in the ad..”we guarantee it won’t cost you a dime or well pay for it ourselves.” No, we’ll just keep raising the debt ceiling.

  • Michael A Galvez

    I think the entitlement that needs to be looked at is medicaid and welfare programs. I’ve seen on so many numerous occasions healthy, able bodied people who should be contributing to society, helping rebuild this country, doing nothing but draining it. I see many of these people continue to have more and more children just to continue and increase their government assistance. This isn’t just about medicaid and welfare services either. So many times I’ve seen these very same people create fake physical and mental disabilities so they can collect on social security not just for themselves but on their children as well. Social Security that is collected on many of these children from birth and throughout their lives. I have two nephews who would be much better off with my brother but their mother won’t let them go. She knows they would be better off with my brother but will not allow this because she would then lose all the benefits that cause her to be a drain on society. She doesn’t work or contribute to society in any way. She just has kids to pay her way through life just as so many out there do. Social Security should only be for those who have contributed to it. Not for people like my nephew’s mother who have never contributed to it but yet take advantage of it to pay their bills and cost of living just because they’re too lazy to do it themselves!!! Social security should not be paying people over complete lifetimes! It is for the retired and disabled, not the lazy!