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The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary.

H.L. Mencken

Friday, April 17, 2015

Please Proceed Governor

Jeb "JEB!" Bush is interested in raising the Social Security retirement age.

Now, if you're a lawyer or a career politician and lobbyist, there is no reason why you shouldn't keep working past the age of 65.  And maybe there is a way to reward people who defer beginning their Social Security payments and working later into life.

But the millions of Americans who do some form of physical labor?  From collecting garbage to waiting tables to farming to construction?  Screw them.

There is a well-documented disconnect between people like Bush and the reporters who write about politics and the majority of Americans who struggle to make ends meet.  The elites don't "get" what it's like to struggle from paycheck to paycheck or to crawl over the finish line to retirement.  Frankly, I don't really either, but I am willing to make the empathetic effort.

Social Security isn't in trouble.  It's not.

But please proceed to tell the American people - especially that nice Christian woman in Ohio who would otherwise vote for you but wants to retire when she turns 65 - that you want to screw with their Social Security benefits.

See how that works for you.

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