Statements about Social Security

Half-True

UPDATED: The number's on target, but incorrectly described

False

Closer to 22 percent

False

Checks are in the mail

True

There's a reason it's called a 'boom'

Mostly False

He went right up to the line twice on national TV

Mostly True

His 2010 book isn't explicit, but strongly suggests it

False

Perry's tone has softened, but his comparison is still wrong

Rick Perry

Rick Perry

Social Security is a "Ponzi scheme."

— National

False

"No money" earned $117.5 billion in interest last year

Barry Hinckley

Barry Hinckley

"There's no money in Social Security."

— Rhode Island

Mostly False

Didn't for years, does now

 Alliance for Retired Americans

Alliance for Retired Americans

"Social Security doesn’t contribute a penny to the deficit."

— Texas

Mostly True

Trust fund should be flush, but Congress tapped the pot