Not a third rail for New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R). During a visit to Washington, D.C. yesterday, Michael Barone asked Christie if he thought Social Security was still the third rail of politics nobody wanted to touch.
Note the stark difference between how Christie answers the third rail question and how Jay Carney sat there at the White House and tried to convince reporters in the room that continued trillion-dollar deficits did not add to the national debt.
Christie has it right. Leaders are supposed to lead, not sit back and see if other “leaders” get crucified for their ideas. Trial balloons also suck. Come up with a proposal you think will work and push for it.
Christie thinks American’s are ready to “hear the truth” on many topics including Social Security but in reality, I think Americans have been hearing the truth for more than 25 years. It’s just that many felt it had nothing to do with them or they were more than willing to kick the can down the road.
I think the TEA Party movement was somewhat of an awakening. The elephant is now in the room, demanding our attention.