In The message from Rick Perry’s book: Repeal the 20th Century Seattle P-I columnist Joe Connelly describes the extreme anti-government views of Rick Perry.
The 1930s are in the crosshairs. Social Security has been America’s most successful social program in lifting our seniors out of poverty. In Perry’s view, however, it is “a crumbling monument to the failure of the New Deal,” “something we have been forced to accept for more than 70 years now,” and was put into place “at the expense of respect for the Constitution and limited government.”
In a wider sense, Perry represents a new extreme in American thought — those who would roll back the Progressive Era and the New Deal, and roll up powers given government in fields from workplace safety to punishing polluters.