It seems that Rep. Joe Heck (R-NV) has made a very public error on his position with Social Security.
In a Fox News story, he is quoted as calling Social Security a "pyramid scheme". Twice! However, that is not the problem, except he gave a great campaign sound bite to a Democrat opponent. The problem came at a town hall meeting. Yup, you guessed it, he dodged the question when asked about his statements. He didn't want to address it.
I have a little advice for Rep Joe Heck. Here is how I suggest you answer the question:
"Yes, I said it and I meant it. Using the dictionary definition, the financial structure of Social Security meets the definition of a pyramid scheme. However, that does not mean I intend to abolish or diminish the Social Security System. I point out the financial structure only to emphasize the need to change it. The same goes with changing the current Medicare financial structure as well. They are going bankrupt right now....."
Then you go on to outline the financial trouble both systems are in with basic numbers, and then outline how you believe it should be reformed. Then offer a more detailed presentation in the future, then contact Congressman Ryan for help with presenting the data at another town hall meeting.
See, that is not so hard, is it Rep Heck? It is called standing by your principles and articulating your vision. It is far better than cowering when criticized. If this is how you respond to pressure, you may as well announce your intention to not to seek reelection or switch to being a Democrat. Backing down to pressure is only going to get easier and the ability to actually stand on principle only gets harder each time you back down.
However, this is only my opinion. Please take it for what it is worth. Your on your own now.