CJR Staff
March 6, 2023

Terrifying Medicare Report, Pompeo Demands Change

Former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the GOP's next president "has to be more serious" than previous Republican presidents about dealing with the national debt. Pompeo said it's time to get America's fiscal house in order.

Pompeo is right. Biden certainly has wrecked things. Pompeo added that changes have to be made, even if it means making significant changes to Social Security and Medicare.

Pompeo's comments came while the Republican Party fights internally on how to address entitlement benefits like medicare and social security.

Pompeo Demands Change

"I stare today at $31 trillion in debt and tell my son, 'Make sure you work hard, because Social Security may just not be there for you,'" Pompeo said during the annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC).

Pompeo criticized former President Donald Trump for adding $8 trillion to the national debt:

"Every recent administration, Republican and Democrat alike, added trillions in dollars to our debt. That is deeply unconservative. [The] Trump administration, the administration I served, added $8 trillion in new debt. This is indecent and can’t continue. Earning back that trust will be hard work. It won’t just be a campaign speech."

"It is absolutely the case that the next Republican president has to be more serious than previous Republican presidents have ever been about getting our fiscal house in order."

"We have to make sure that these programs, Medicare and Social Security, which comprise a significant piece of federal expenditures, are on a sustainable trajectory. We owe it to the next generation to make sure we get that right … conservatives owe that to America."

There are rumors that Pompeo will be joining the 2024 Republican presidential primary, where he would go head to head against Trump, Nikki Haley, and several more Republican candidates expected to enter the primary in the near future.

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