Think Progress has a story about a Virginia Republican confab at which two of the six featured speakers believe Social Security and Medicare are unconstitutional (boldface mine):
This weekend, Virginia Republican activists and elected officials from around the state will gather at the Homestead Resort for the party’s first opportunity to take full stock of a disastrous election season that likely turned the GOP out of all three of Virginia’s top state offices….
The keynote speaker at the gathering’s 30th Anniversary Gala is Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R). In a 2010 speech to the conservative American Legislative Exchange Council, Perry described Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid as unconstitutional attacks on “our founding fathers’ boundaries that they had put upon the federal government.” Perry also believes that the Seventeenth Amendment, which ensures that voters will choose their own senators, was a mistake. And he once suggested that Texas may have to secede from the union.
The event’s Saturday morning awards luncheon featured Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-VA), the chair of the House Judiciary Committee. Like Perry, Goodlatte believes that Medicare and Social Security are unconstitutional. At a town hall meeting in 2011, a constituent told Goodlatte that he’s “searched my Constitution for 20 years and I can’t find Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security in there.” Goodlatte agreed, replying that “it’s not in the Constitution. The courts have stretched the Constitution to say its in the general welfare clause.”
Admittedly, “Non-apostate Republicans say daffy shit” is hardly news. But it seems everything Republicans dislike is unconstitutional.
Not bad policy. Not unethical. Not immoral. Not even Un-American. Unconstitutional.
Social Security is unconstitutional.
Medicare is unconstitutional.
UR MOM IS UNCONSTITUTIONAL11!!11
I can’t even imagine what it’s like to live when one is constantly outraged by everything, where psychologically one is in a state of perpetual crisis. Worse, they inflict this upon themselves.
It’s a voluntary form of poverty without the material deprivation.