Democrats have glommed on to something House Majority Leader Eric Cantor said about Social Security at a recent event at the conservative Hoover Institution, which they're characterizing as an unintentional revelation of the GOP's plans to dismantle entitlement programs.
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"I mean, just from the very notion that it said that 50 percent of beneficiaries under the Social Security program use those moneys as their sole source of income. So we've got to protect today's seniors," Cantor said. "But for the rest of us? For -- you know, listen, we're going to have to come to grips with the fact that these programs cannot exist if we want America to be what we want America to be."
Pretty damning stuff, eliminating Social Security. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's office blasted out a statement to reporters Wednesday, "A warning for American workers and their families - your retirement security is at risk! Majority Leader Eric Cantor announced this week some major news on Social Security." Rep. Henry Waxman (D-CA) cited the statement in a subcommittee hearing about the health care law.
Except in full context, and looking back at previous, very similar statements, it appears Cantor misspoke.