It seems like every week lately conservative Congressman Allen West makes a controversial political statement. West has been name-dropping slavery a lot lately, and he mentioned it again, this time in reference to social security. Politico reports:
Rep. Allen West is accusing President Barack Obama of making Americans increasingly dependent on social programs, blasting Social Security disability insurance as “a form of modern, 21st-century slavery.”
“Since June of 2009 or so, we have seen 2.4 million private sector jobs created, but we’ve had 3.1 million people going on Social Security disability and, as we said just this past month, the 85,000 went on Social Security disability as opposed to 80,000 jobs created,” the Florida Republican said Sunday on Fox News. “So once again we are creating the sense of economic dependence which, to me is a form of modern, 21st-century slavery.”
The congressman also doubled down on his controversial “slave” comments from the previous weekend, when he accused Obama of wanting Americans “to be his slave and be economically dependent on him.