Gov. John Kasich has a habit of sticking his foot in his mouth when he riffing at campaign events and while campaigning in Janesville, Wisconsin, he really chowed down on Shaquille O'Neal's Reebok's big time. He actually used the Occupy Wall Street movement to come up with an insane idea that all senior citizens should do.
He spontaneously proposed an Occupy Washington tent city in the nation's capital of senior citizens demanding a Social Security fix.
You can’t just go down there and say [fix Social Security]. You are going to have to create a tent city… You are going to have to occupy D.C. Here is what you are going to demand: ‘You Republicans and you Democrats — fix this. And we’re not leaving until you fix it. And you’re going to do it together, because one party cannot fix Social Security.'”
Kasich's idea for a tent city was hatched at an earlier town hall in Burlington, about a half-hour southwest of Milwaukee, after he noticed red-shirted AARP members who attend many presidential candidates' events and push for them to address Social Security.
The senior-citizen campers shouldn't leave Washington until Democrats and Republicans come up with a solution, the Ohio governor said.
'I know how to get things done down there. A lot of times you have to take a two-by-four.'
Afterward, he told reporters with a laugh, 'It was a brilliant idea I came up with.'
Gov. Kasich wants the elderly to set up tent cities in the freezing winter of Washington D.C., to protest something that he should have solutions for?
So Kasich, old enough to collect Social Security benefits himself, looked squarely at a group of senior citizens from AARP and decided that sleeping outside in tents – in a city that reached 5 degrees Fahrenheit in 2015 – was an appropriate solution for America’s Social Security problem.
John Kasich is arguably – if not certifiably – the only sane individual left in the 2016 Republican presidential race. So when you think about it, the smartest Republican in the room just suggested fixing Social Security by making senior citizens sleep outside in the cold. Sadly, that’s probably the best idea the GOP will manage to to the senior citizens of AARP.