Just days after a Port St. Lucie campaign event at which Tea Party leader Allen West asserted that President Obama doesn’t want the American people to “have the self-esteem of getting up,” and that “he’d rather you be his slave,” the Congressman continued his unfounded remarks this morning. In an interview on Fox News Sunday, West claimed that when older Americans “are looking toward going on Social Security,” we are “creating this sense of economic dependence, which to me is a form of modern, 21st-century slavery.”
“Our seniors have worked their whole lives for a safety net that will allow them to retire with dignity, and Allen West is intent on doing anything he can to make it disappear,” said Murphy for Congress campaign manager Anthony Kusich. “Ratcheting up the slurs and false accusations can’t hide the fact that Congressman West has cast vote after vote to slash Social Security and Medicare as we know them today.”
According to district demographics reported by the Florida State Senate, over 22% of the population in Florida’s new 18th district – or 153,075 people – are aged 65 and older. As of December 2011, there were 3,894,179 Social Security beneficiaries in Florida, of which 2,835,182 are above the age of 65 and 627,561 are on Social Security Disability.