How to protect Social Security? Kelly says "the only way we will save it" and meet the promises made to Americans "... is to grow the economy and grow it quickly." Energy is the way, he says, to create "millions of jobs, trillions of new revenue to the government." Also, he says, give future generations choices on Social Security.
Barber says the answers are to get people back to work to pay into the system, to prohibit people from leaving the system "as Mr. Kelly suggests," because that will hurt solvency; and to find a bipartisan solution.
Kelly challenges Barber's comment that "we cannot allow people to opt out," and Kelly retorts, "This is not Europe, this is not Russia ... We are the land of the free" and should have the liberty to opt out of the system.
Barber says that any privatization of Social Security "will bring the system to collapse. The math does not work." Also repeats his claim that Kelly used to say he would privatize or eliminate S.S. but now says otherwise.
On border security, Barber says he was former Rep. Giffords' lead on border issues, working with ranchers, border agents and others. "Ranchers should not have to live in fear on their land," he says. "We put together a package that put 1,000 new agents on the border," increased forward operating bases, provided more mobile surveillance including drones and horse patrols. "We need to stop the flow of money" of the cartels at the border, Barber says.
ShortTimer - we are pulling in Twitter posts with the #az08 hash tag, and that is where Mr. Scarpinato's comments originate.
Kelly says we should build the double-layer border fence as in San Diego, because 50 percent of the narcotics coming into the U.S. come through Southern Arizona and "Phoenix is now the kidnapping capital of the world." "Build the fence, get the manpower and resources we need, and we can solve this problem."
Kelly says he liked a lot of what Charlie said about the border, "with the exception of the camel brigade" that Manolakis suggested.