July 10, 2012 -
Rep. Allen West over the weekend repeated earlier comments that Social Security is "modern, 21st century slavery.” Appearing on Fox News on Sunday West said that the number of people going on Social Security disability was higher since June of 2009 than the number of new jobs created in the nation. "So once again we are creating the sense of economic dependence which, to me is a form of modern, 21st century slavery," West, a Republican from South Florida, said. West also said Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney "can do a lot better," when it comes to detailing an economic plan. "I think that the American people are looking for a message that … focuses on the exceptionalism and the uniqueness of the United States of America," West said.
Rep. Allen West responds:
Liberal media reports saying I am equating Social Security of hardworking Americans to a form of slavery is absolutely false by Congressman Allen West on Monday, July 9, 2012 at 3:26pm:
Liberal media reports saying I am equating Social Security of hardworking Americans to a form of slavery is absolutely false.
It seems that there is absolutely no level the attack machine will sink to deliberately distort my comments.
I was clearly talking about the number of people on Social Security disability- a completely separate issue then claims that I said I am against Social Security.
The facts are that we have had more people added to Social Security disability then jobs created, and that is appalling.
Since 2009, our country has seen 2.4 million jobs created compared to 3.1 million people added to Social Security disability. I am against the waste, fraud and abuse when it comes to social security disability, and I will not be silenced on that issue.
I am well aware hardworking Americans have paid into the Social Security Program and I am committed to protecting social security retirement benefits for retirees and future retirees.
We are creating economic dependence. That is what I am calling out. This has nothing to do with the Americans who have earned their retirement.
What the liberal media machine wants to hide from you, and distort with my comments, is that the policies of President Barack Obama are making our nation a nation based on economic dependency -- and I call this a form of modern 21st Century slavery.
Let’s get the facts straight.
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