Ron DeSantis doesn’t expect to collect Social Security, Medicare
Image via John Stossel.

DeSantis Stossel
'I don't assume we're going to get any of this at this point right now.'

Gov. Ron DeSantis isn’t counting on collecting senior citizen entitlements, since he expects “some really, really significant turbulence 10, 15 years into the future.”

During an interview with John Stossel, the Florida Governor and likely 2024 presidential candidate was blunt in saying Social Security and Medicare currently weren’t built for the long haul, as he defended potential changes to the programs.

“I think a lot of younger people like me are receptive to this because I don’t assume we’re going to get any of this at this point right now,” the 44-year-old Republican said, before floating unspecified changes.

“I would not do things for people that are currently receiving these benefits because they’ve been made promises and we’ve got to fulfill them,” DeSantis added.

DeSantis’ position on senior citizen entitlements has been a moving target in recent months, which have included walking back previous calls for “market forces” and privatization to replace the current programs. He suggested in a March Fox News interview that they weren’t as big a deal as other spending under Donald Trump and Joe Biden.

“People used to say they would blame Social Security or Medicare for budget woes, but the reality is they have printed trillions and trillions of dollars and that has really fueled the inflation. And not only that: the discretionary spending is funding agencies that are doing things that are hostile to the rights of the American people and have really been weaponized against factions of society that the elite ruling class doesn’t like,” DeSantis said.

For his part, Trump has weaponized DeSantis’ previous stances and a potentially apocryphal story about the Governor once eating chocolate goo with his hands on a plane, including in an ad called “Pudding Fingers.”

DeSantis addressed the sticky situation in comments to Stossel, noting that “anonymous sources” were responsible for the narrative.

A.G. Gancarski

A.G. Gancarski has written for since 2014. He is based in Northeast Florida. He can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter: @AGGancarski


  • Rob Desantos

    May 23, 2023 at 2:52 pm

    This is a deeply stupid and cynical man that Florida keeps electing. He is a master-class in flashy but ineffective leadership.

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  • Michael K

    May 23, 2023 at 2:54 pm

    Like everything else in Florida that he’s trying to destroy, it sounds like the governor can’t wait to unleash his wrecking ball on Social Security and Medicare, which apparently is “woke.” No surprise here – he’s been against the since his time in Congress.

    And I’m getting tired of this “elite” nonsense coming from the Ivy-league elitist who thinks he alone knows better and how to fix the messes he creates.

  • SteveHC

    May 23, 2023 at 3:15 pm

    DeSantis trying to claim that Social Security “wasn’t built for the long hall”? That’s BULL s**t and he KNOWS it. It absolutely WAS but is dependent on the idea that ALL citizens contribute EQUITABLY to its funding, including the wealthy. He like most all Republican politicians just doesn’t DON’T CARE about it as their wealth eliminates their own personal need for it. His and their attitude: screw the “average” Joe and Joanna, screw the poor and disabled folks, let them eat the minimal amount of cake necessary to “buy” their votes then slash taxes to further enrich THEMSELVES. This is their attitude, the way their self-centeredness works these days. To me it is as ANTI-Judaeo-Christian as you can get, and when taken aling with all the rest of their self-serving crap is bordering on evil incarnate.The ONLY way to solve this problem is to VOTE THEM ALL OUT OF OFFICE, plain and simple. NEVER FORGET.

  • Ed for SJC Commission 👍

    May 23, 2023 at 3:20 pm

    These GOP politicians are lawyers for the rich. That’s all they are. Sabotage and obstruct government to benefit the rich. Shouldn’t be legal for a man or woman to have such a political orientation and be in office. This is the conversation people should be having.

  • WiseOld1

    May 23, 2023 at 9:58 pm

    Noticed that DeSantis made it impossible to sue people, like Jeff Bezos and Elon Musk. Now he has announced his run for president on Twitter. Obviously, he’s for the rich. Hear we go, again! The rich get richer and the poor get poorer. I can say much more… but will say though, the ‘USA’ would be in big trouble – as never before, if this man is elected. He seems to have all traits of a ‘Narcissist,’ but as one columnist described him as ‘dangerous.’ Hear we go again, and again. 🤦🏽‍♀️ Many just thought Trump was bad. Surely now, it’s praying 🙏🏾 time.

  • Bashira

    May 24, 2023 at 6:00 am

    I notice that a lot of low to middle income people are Republicans. They still don’t understand that the Republicans are for the rich and not the poor.

    • Dont Say FLA

      May 24, 2023 at 11:20 am

      The rich have convinced the white poors that the other poors are their enemy, and that rich people are definitely not their enemy. Just keep working for and voting for rich people and someday, poor whites, you’ll be rich too, hoo hoo!

  • Fed Up With GOP

    May 24, 2023 at 2:49 pm

    Raise the FICA earnings limit, make rich people pay their fair share, and we can provide Social Security and Medicare for a century.

  • David LaRue

    May 24, 2023 at 3:20 pm

    Republicans are more concerned with keeping the wealthy donors to their re-elections happy than doing things for the majority of Americans who aren’t!
    Of course they won’t raise the millionaires taxes because they will turn against them financially.. and that includes the NRA and the gun lobby! Exactly why they won’t pass legislation that would cut into the millions they receive from them! Wake up America! They care more about guns than they do you!!

  • Janis Lentz

    May 24, 2023 at 4:56 pm

    Such a terribly negative person DeSantis is, all gloom and dolmas all tea party Republicans are! They are anti every good thingDemocrats have created! TheSSfundisaself-funding program, and DeStupid KNOWS that! He has already collected lots of generous pay and benefits from the US Navy and is probably making lucrative deals the last 5 years as governor, just as Rick Scott profited millions from cronies while governor! Regardless of Florida law prohibiting self-enrichment! As Trump does—always undermining confidence in our federal government! He has made Florida the laughingstock of the country—all to make himself look good! Well, that sure backfired!

  • Dennis crooke

    May 24, 2023 at 7:31 pm

    I will not vote for decantis on account of medicare and social security.
    Trump all the way

  • Robin McDaniel

    May 25, 2023 at 8:52 pm

    It’s awesome to read comments that resemble mine. Where are Ron Desanto groupies. Are they to ashamed to put their name and opinion out in public ? Here’s a new term “megalomaniac – a person dedicated to doing all things scattered brained all at one time. Forget narcissist he is a bobaafied MEGALOMANIAC The sooner we establish this the faster it will spread and his time in the spotlight will be over.
    Keep posting everyone we can and will stop this Maniac l

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