New Jersey Governor Chris Christie in the last Republican Debate:
I mean, let me be honest with the people who are watching at home. The government has lied to you and they have stolen from you. They told you that your Social Security money is in a trust fund. All that’s in that trust fund is a pile of IOUs for money they spent on something else a long time ago.And they’ve stolen from you because now they know they cannot pay these benefits and Social Security is going to be insolvent in seven to eight years.Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee responds:
If somebody’s already stolen money from you, are you going to give them more? Or, are you going to deal with the problem by saying, I’m going to give people who’ve done well in this country less benefit on the backend.
First of all, yes, we’ve stolen. Yes, we’ve lied to the American people about Social Security, and Medicare. ...Christie again:
They stole it. It got stolen from them. It’s not theirs anymore. The government stole it, and spent it a long time ago.Compare and contrast.
For some background, check out The Looting of Social Security.
Postscript: I hope I'm not being cryptic about this. In a democracy, the government is not they, it is we. Everything that was done with Social Security trust funds was done the knowledge and consent of Republicans and Democrats in the Senate and the House of Representatives.