Democratic apparatchiks turn Jack Trammell into just another third-way, "Grand Bargain" loser
You remember the Trammmel (D) vs Brat (R) race, right? Brat, a conservative, took down House Majority Leader Eric Cantor in Virginia's 7th district -- from the right. In a stroke of fate, both Brat and Trammell were professors at Randolph-Macon College, setting up the possibility of a race where sharp distinctions could have been draw between both parties, even with a debate between the two at their own college! Well, that potentially useful bit of political theatre happened, and this is the result. This is just sad:
Brat, Trammell support raising retirement age to preserve Social Security
Dave Brat, the Republican candidate running for Eric Cantor’s former seat in the 7th Congressional District, and his Democratic opponent, Jack Trammell, don’t agree on much. But both propose raising the retirement age to ensure Social Security payouts for future generations.
Trammell said he would consider increasing the eligibility age by two years, “but that decision would need to be weighed against changes to other programs to be certain there are no gaps. There are many moving parts to these programs.”
Brat has proposed increasing the age by five years, but he said this measure alone won’t solve the problem of what he called an underfunded program.
While Trammell acknowledged that changes are needed to protect payouts of Social Security benefits for coming generations, he accused Brat of “promoting the illusion” that the program is in severe financial trouble.
“This is just not reality,” he said. “The truth is, Social Security has paid its benefits in full and on time for 76 years. It is a strong and effective retirement program that provides millions of Americans some financial security.”
Social Security, Trammell said, is projected “to deliver full guaranteed benefits through 2033 and with modest changes the program can meet its obligations indefinitely.”
So, it boils down to this:
Brat would raise the retirement age five years, and Trammell two. And there you have the difference between the Democrats and the Republicans. And you know that they call "modest changes," right? They call it a "Grand Bargain." (Orman, in Kansas, is saying just the same thing.)
In a Facebook post I now can't find, Trammell, of this story, said something like "Read beyond the headline." I did, and when I subtracted the Democratic mealy-mouthed bafflegab and came to the concrete policy proposals, this is what I came up with. Again, just sad.
NOTE Readers know I can't stand Trammell's brand of identity politics. But merciful heavens, did it have to come to this?
NOTE You also know that when the sausage comes out of the machine, both parties will have agreed on three, because bipartisanship.