Ron Paul Admits He Takes Social Security, Which He Once Likened To Slavery


Written by Pat Garofalo

Texas Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX), a libertarian hero, last year said that allowing Social Security to exist is akin to permitting slavery. But during an appearance on MSNBC’s Morning Joe today, Paul admitted to the Huffington Post’s Sam Stein that he collects Social Security checks anyway:

STEIN: A bit of a personal question then, are you on Social Security? Do you get Social Security checks?

PAUL: I do.

STEIN: Well, I mean, is there — you just told younger generations that they should ween themselves off this social contract.

PAUL: That is true.

STEIN: But you haven’t done it yourself…Don’t you think you chould have set a good example for the future generations. You’re not the wealthiest man in congress, I know that, but you have enough means to take care of yourself in retirement…Couldn’t you have set an example?

PAUL: No. I think the programs are so designed, just as I use the post office too, I use government highways, I do that too, I use the banks, the federal reserve system, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t work to remove this in the same way on Social Security.

Watch it:

Paul is, of course, not the only conservative to benefit from government programs that he or she opposes. But his crankish view of the Constitution has brought him to the conclusion that Social Security is altogether unconstitutional, which also hasn’t stopped him from collecting benefits.

This post was originally published by ThinkProgress.


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John H. Webster
John Webster5 years ago

An incorrect assertion made in the original article and echoed in a lot of the comments, implies that Ron Paul no longer likens SSN to slavery. WRONG, he still believes the MANDATED PARTICIPATION part of SSN is slavery (as it also is in ObamaCare). But when the thief (the US Government) offers to give some of it back after you reach 62, of course you would not refuse.

John Webster

Shawn O' Malley
Shawn O' Malley5 years ago


june t.
reft h5 years ago

thanks for the article

Karen Murray
Karen Murray5 years ago

Why does this not surprise me? The loudest Ron Paul activist I know, and one who eventually rejected me as a friend because I asked him gently to stop sending me "birther" spam, has so far as I know been collecting SSI disability payments for over a decade -- and the main disability involved is that he's morbidly obese. Yes, it's a problem that can't be solved overnight just by pulling your socks up, but it didn't happen overnight either, and, well, ten-plus years. Way to be individually responsible.

We all know by now about Ayn Rand accepting Medicare. Just about everyone I know who really has to bust his or her hump to make a living understands what Social Security is for. Anyone's savings could be wiped out, some people can try as hard as they can and not save enough to retire in even reasonable safety and comfort, and children should not be expected to provide every penny of a parent's support, if any are involved.

janice b.
jan b5 years ago

The essential lesson of the Bush years – that an interventionist foreign policy with globalist pretensions is incompatible with the desire for limited government and I should have added it's the ONLY thing Paul is sensible about.....but his other ideas for limited govt are out of touch with the modern world.

janice b.
jan b5 years ago

Ron Paul had one good idea relating to the military. Some act as if he's the ONLY one who does. Paul says that the birth control pill did not cause immorality but that immorality creates the problem of wanting to use the pill and as a "doctor" he apparently doesn't know the PILL is used for other medical treatment besides birth control.
Ron Paul voted against Martin Luther King Day both in 1979 and 1983, when the bill passed . In one of his newsletters, Paul referred to the holiday as "Hate Whitey Day."
Paul manages to miss the essential lesson of the Bush years – that an interventionist foreign policy with globalist pretensions is incompatible with the desire for limited government.

seth c.
seth c.5 years ago

Margaret T. - first of all there are millions of Americans working low wage jobs for their entire working live's who cannot afford to plan for retirement and would still need to spend whats taken out of their checks for SS if didn't exist and it were not taken out. Either way they are still barely able to support themselves and their families The difference is that when they reach an age that they can no longer work, because money was withheld for SS they will at least have some source of income.

Also, it's no coincidence that with the right's attack on unions over the last 20 years we also see a growing number of people dependent on SS upon retirement. Conservatives would love to end SS, while at the same time strip the average worker of the ability to negotiate better wages and retirement through joining or forming unions, by attacking and destroying unions and collective bargaining. If anyone still needs proof that Republicans only care about serving corporations and the rich just look at how they agree that corporations are people and money is free speech.

As for privatizing SS, I think we got a great lesson in 2008 of why that is a bad idea. Millions of people would have lost everything when our financial institutions and banks started going under in 2008.

SS isn't perfect, but what government or non-governmental program is ? A good start to fixing it would be to not allow those who financially don't need it to get it (and not deduct SS tax f

Don H.
Don H5 years ago

I would like to caution the readers of Care2.

Means testing social security could be its downfall. As soon as it is means tested, the detractors can claim social security is a "welfare" program.

Limbaugh and other far right wing propaganda sources already claim social security is a welfare program. Of course Limbaugh has ZERO credibility. But, as you can see, Fox "News" viewers and Limbaugh listeners are like little parrots repeating every bite of corporate propaganda word for word lending them unwarranted credibility.

The Republicans can't wait for their Wall Street thief buddies to get their hands on your FICA contributions.

Stand up! There is no alternative to social security.

Don H.
Don H5 years ago

Margaret P social security isn't good?

No, it's essential.

All you people that want to get rid of social security have nothing to replace it with. Getting rid of social security would mean crushing poverty for millions of Americans. I know many people that live on social security. Where would they be without it? Look how pensions around the nation are being destroyed. There is no alternative to social security.

Cheryl M.
Cheryl McGregor5 years ago

He gets over $140,000 a year as a congressman - how the hell can he collect SS also? He is just another IOKIYAR (It's OK If You Are Republican) hypocrite.