Huckabee: Rick Perry ‘hurt himself a lot’ by saying ‘Social Security is a criminal enterprise’ | Former Gov. Mike Huckabee (R-AR) panned Gov. Rick Perry’s derision of Social Security as a “Ponzi scheme” and “monstrous lie.” “Perry hurt himself a lot with his Social Security talk and what he said may be technically true, but you go to South Florida or even any part of Florida or even the part where I live in the panhandle where you have a lot of retired people and essentially say that Social Security is a criminal enterprise, that’s problematic,” said Huckabee. He joins former and current GOP presidential candidates Rep. Michele Bachmann (MN), former U.S. Ambassador to China Jon Huntsman, former Gov. Tim Pawlenty (MN), and — naturally — Mitt Romney in taking Perry to task.