Sometimes you just got to feel that a politician has his head up his ass. Well, actually, I feel that most of the time most politicians have their heads up their asses. But Rick Perry has gone over the top – again.
I had the chance to photograph him recently when he spoke at the Columbia Club in downtown Indianapolis. The Columbia Club also serves as the Republican club for the Midwest. The event was a $1500.00 a ticket event in which to hear Ricky share his thoughts.
Perry, as if you didn’t know already, spoke out against Social Services and Medicaid in April calling them “Ponzi Schemes”. Not a good move if you want to win the hearts and minds of the very people that can put you into – or keep you out of – office.
Here’s just a part of what Ricky had to say as I was standing no more than twenty feet from him:
Whether it’s Social Security, whether it’s Medicaid, whether it’s Medicare. You’ve got $115 trillion worth of unfunded liability in those three. They’re bankrupt. They’re a Ponzi scheme. I challenge anybody to stand up and defend the Social Security program that we have today—and particularly defend it to a 27-year-old young man who’s just gotten married and is trying to get his life headed in the right direction economically. I happen to think that the Progressive movement was the beginning of the deterioration of our Constitution…
“A Ponzi scheme”? C’mon Ricky, get out your Merriam-Webster’s, read the real world definition of Ponzi schemes and quit using the backs of poor people to stand on as you reach for the Presidential Seal.
Jerry Nelson is a nationally recognized photojournalist. His work has appeared in many national, regional and local publications including CNN, USAToday, Upsurge, Earthwalkers and Associated Content. Nelson travels the country seeking out the people, places and things that make America unique and great. When not traveling, Nelson volunteers his time and donates his services to area non-profit agencies and is available for portraits, promotional shoots, events and more. Nelson lives in Asheville, North Carolina when not chasing down stories and photo opportunities.