Jared Polis, social security, and sneakiness
As previously noted, my local democratic congressman Jared Polis is in favor of reducing the deficit by increasing the retirement age of social security. Leave no doubt that raising the retirement age is a cut. If the number of years a retiree is on social security is say 13, then a two year rise would be a 2/13 or 15% reduction in benefits.
I object strongly to Mr. Polis’ support for such an attack on the average American. Even worse is the doubly sneaky manner in which it’s occurring. Obama first appoints conservative members to the deficit commission who are on record supporting cuts and then sets the commission reporting date after the election. What deception! Democrats plan on cutting social security within months after the election but it’s not even a campaign issue!
If Mr. Polis is supportive of the commission and the upcoming cuts, as he told me he was, then he should openly campaign on it now. He should tell the voters that a vote for Polis is a vote for a xx% cut in social security. Or, if he chooses to re-evaluate his position, he could proclaim that he will stand firm for NO cuts in social security. This would hardly be unpopular – I’m quite sure the overwhelming majority in his district would support it.
Openly tell us your position Mr. Polis and quit hiding behind the obscene sneaky post-election deficit commission.
(Mr. Polis and I exchange comments below.)