Things John McCain doesn’t understand, volume 437

John McCain, answering a question about social security yesterday:

Americans have got to understand that we are paying present-day retirees with the taxes paid by young workers in America today. And that’s a disgrace. It’s an absolute disgrace, and it’s got to be fixed.

Apparently McCain doesn’t understand that this is the way social security has always worked, or else he is cynically trying to exploit the fact that his audience won’t know that this is the way social security has always worked. It’s the usual question with McCain: is he ignorant, or is he lying? And which is scarier? (He also repeated the usual scare lines about how social security is “broken” and “there’s no money left,” although it is solvent for decades to come).

So for those trying to keep track, we can add the social security system to the list of things McCain doesn’t seem to understand, in addition to his own climate change policy, his own position on Iran divestment, his own votes on Katrina investigations, the distinction between Sunni and Shiite, and pre-surge versus current troop levels in Iraq.


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