Speaking on the House floor last night, Rep. Paul Broun (R-GA) complained that an unwillingness on the part of Democrats to alter the fundamental structure of Social Security and Medicare put both programs in jeopardy. "I hear our Democrat colleague say all the time, 'it's the children,'" he said. "I heard a former speaker talk about the children so much that I wanted to throw up." As he was talking, Broun was holding up a poster-sized picture of his own grandchildren and arguing that the programs need to be restructured "so that they're still available when my kids get grown."
Moments later, Broun held up another poster purporting to describe the Democrats' approach to entitlement reform: "Deny It, Delay It, and Destroy It." Clearly not understanding the irony or hypocrisy of his comments, Broun charged that Republicans are interested in solutions while Democrats are only interested in demagoguery and playing politics.
BROUN: I hear our Democrat colleague say all the time, "it's the children." I heard a former speaker talk about the children so much that I wanted to throw up. But the thing is, when you talk about "it's the children and the future," we gotta deal with this debt. We've got to deal with Social Security and Medicare and make 'em economically viable by strengthening them, by making 'em so that they're still available when my kids get grown. We're going down the road right now, this president and the Democrats in the Senate, the Democrats here in the House, have a three-word plan.
Their plan is a three-word plan for Social Security and Medicare. Deny the problem, they denied it. They're delaying doing anything about it. And they're going to destroy it because both Medicare and Social Security are going broke if we don't strengthen it, if we don't make it economically viable, if we don't do the necessary hard work that this Congress and Republicans are trying to do. But what do we hear from our colleagues on the other side? Demagoguery. Demagoguery and trying to play politics. It's time to stop playing politics. It's time to stop playing games. The American people deserve the truth.
So many Americans use Social Security to live on as they become seniors and it's a pity that the GOP would like to destroy the program when it's not in any danger at all and doesn't add to the deficit fetishism that has overtaken Washington. if anything, the children are being cheated out of their social safety nets by hypocritical propagandists such as Rep. Broun.