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Someone Really Needs a Policy Briefing

(H/T Berry Laker)

Jonathan Krause points out a moment on his Oshkosh radio show which should have many a resident in Wisconsin’s 8th Congressional District – particularly the elderly and those paying FICA taxes – wondering the intelligence of their Congressman.

“I asked Congressman Steve Kagen about the Social Security insolvency “crisis” yesterday during his weekly conference call. He believes the only thing we need to do to fix SSI is to “get the economy going again so we can collect those taxes.” That reveals a disturbing lack of understanding of the real problem with the Social Security system. Perhaps if we changed the name to reflect what it really is (a popular gimmick with the Obama White House)–the Federal Retirement Ponzi Scheme–then everyone would understand the underlying issues here.”

This isn’t the first time (nor will it hardly be the last) the good doctor has made a total fool of himself over Social Security and other entitlement programs.  Recall that last year, the Journal Sentinel asked the entire Wisconsin congressional delegation to talk about the coming entitlement funding shortfall; then asked scholars to grade their answers.

Heritage Foundation Fellow and Wisconsin native Brian Riedl, did just that. Here’s what he said on Kagen.

Rep. Steve Kagen (D-Appleton) gave the most bizarre response of all. Asked how to solve Social Security and Medicare’s deficits, he ignored the question and instead recited unrelated talking points on energy independence, oil drilling, and health care accessibility. Rep. Kagen’s response failed to display even an elementary understanding of Social Security and Medicare reform. Grade: F

So kudos for Krause for again highlighting how often Congressman Kagen doesn’t know what the heck he’s talking about.

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  • Ken Van Doren

    If it is not already, being an advocate of Big Government will not be an easy task. With the economic downturn, it is likely that government will cost on the order of 70% of our economy, up from about 54% a couple years ago. And given that ALL public expenses are ultimately paid out of profits from the private sector, it should be obvious that the best stimulus program has to be to leave more money IN the private sector, so it can create the wealth needed to support both public and private.
    So is Kagan stupid, or does he want to ride this pony into the dirt, postponing indefinitely, or at least until his watch is over, the real costs of all the programs he supports?

    I suspect we have passed the tipping point, and the economy will have to crash, and all the give away programs with it, before we can build an economy on a sound and sustainable basis.