by Max Brantley
Throughout the 2016 campaign for the Republican presidential nomination, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee has argued against raising the eligibility age for Social Security and Medicare and suggested he wouldn’t make any major changes to either program.
Just three years ago, however, Huckabee wrote in his book that the programs were never intended to support the long retirements that have come with increased life expectancy, and that major changes were necessary in order to keep both programs afloat.
“When I hear people say, ‘lets just raise the age, make them work longer, or lets cut their benefits’ – and that was a decision that a couple of the candidates had – I was dying to get in there, ” Huckabee told Breitbart News earlier this year. “To my knowledge, I’m the one Republican on the stage who believes that we don’t go changing the rules in the middle of the game for the people who have been paying in all these years.”
In op-ed published on Fox News on Wednesday, Huckabee argued against any changes to Social Security or Medicare, writing, “Sadly, the establishment elites treat Social Security and Medicare like WELFARE benefits. This is completely unacceptable, appalling, and flat-out wrong—these are EARNED benefits. Seniors are getting stabbed in the back while the Washington Republican establishment tells them it’s a back massage! One of my fellow candidates has told Americans to ‘get over it’ when it comes to cutting Social Security and Medicare. Another has proposed cutting benefits to current seniors, even those who worked more than 50 years paying into the system.”