FACT CHECK: Mourdock’s Own Words on Social Security and Medicare

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REALITY: NO MATTER WHAT HE CLAIMS, RICHARD MOURDOCK DID, IN FACT, ARGUE THE CONSTITUTIONALITY OF SOCIAL SECURITY AND MEDICARE:

Mourdock Claims Medicare and Social Security May Be Unconstitutional.
“Sixty percent of our budget, sixty percent of our budget this year, will be for Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security. I challenge you in Article I, Section 8 of the United States Constitution where those so-called enumerated powers are listed. I challenge you to find words that talk about Medicare or Medicaid or, yes, even Social Security. You know, Article I, Section 8 says the U.S. government shall have the power to tax to pay off its debts, to pay for its defense, and then it says to provide for the general welfare. The next sixteen or seventeen little sentences all start with that two word preposition ‘to’ because those little sentences that start with ‘to’ are defining the general welfare. It says things like, you can raise taxes to build post offices, to provide post roads, to provide a navy. All these different sentences. Nowhere is the word ‘entitlement’ present in the enumerated powers.” [Madison, IN TEA Party Tax Day Protest, 4/16/11]

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