The legality of Social Security and Medicare must be reversed, just like slavery was abolished in 1865, according to Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul. "You talk a lot about the Constitution," Fox News' Chris Wallace noted Sunday. "You
May 15, 2011

The legality of Social Security and Medicare must be reversed, just like slavery was abolished in 1865, according to Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul.

"You talk a lot about the Constitution," Fox News' Chris Wallace noted Sunday. "You say Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid are all unconstitutional."

"Technically they are," Paul insisted. "There is no authority. Article 1, Section 8 doesn't say I can set up an insurance program for people. What part of the Constitution -- liberals are the ones that use this general welfare clause."

"Doesn't Social Security come under promoting the general welfare," Wallace asked.

"Absolutely not," Paul replied. "Maybe sound currency is general welfare, maybe markets, maybe judicial system, maybe a national defense, but this is specific welfare. This justifies the whole welfare state. The military industrial complex, the welfare to foreigners, the welfare state that imprisons our people and impoverishes our people and gives us our recession."

"That is such an extreme liberal viewpoint that has been mistaught in our schools for so long. That's what we have to reverse, that very notion you're presenting," he added.

"Congressman, it's not just a liberal view. It's the decision of the Supreme Court in 1937 when they said that Social Security was constitutional under Article 1, Section 8 of the Constitution," Wallace explained.

"The Constitution and the court said slavery was legal, too. We had to reverse that. So, I tell you. Just because a court in '37 went very liberal on us and expanded the role of government, no, I think the original intent is not a bad idea," Paul opined.

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