Two of my favorite libertarian writers, Matt Welch and Nick Gillespie, have a new book out, The Declaration of Independents. As part of their promotional efforts, today they are having "Ask a Libertarian" day. People submit questions via their web site, email, or Twitter, and they crank out quick video answers.
Wednesday, June 15, 2011
I submitted one on Twitter, and they addressed it about halfway through the video here:
Here's the background story: Nevada Congressman Joe Heck recently said of the Social Security system, "This pyramid scheme isn't working." He has taken endless heat for this comment, and has been backpedaling like Lance Armstrong doing the Tour de France in reverse. He has also been staying away from the press (see here) and dodging the subject (see here).
But it is an undeniable fact that Social Security is a pyramid scheme, and it is failing--rapidly. We are in a weird political climate where a congressman accidentally blurts out an obvious truth, then feels obliged to deny and run away from it. Such political cowards deserve our scorn, and deserve to lose their elected positions. The first step to fixing the problem is to acknowledge that it exists. Anybody who can't do that should be run out of Congress on a rail.
Hence my question to Welch and Gillespie.