Jeb Bush has fallen into disgrace. It is not exactly as bad as it sounds, but it might be because of the subjects that Bush wants to discuss. We are talking about the raising of the retirement age, encouraging retirement plans, Social Security and even the medical attention that seniors deserve in America. Bush is interested in tackling these issues, but it is debatable whether the public really wants to hear them or not.
Jeb Bush has taken a rather solid position on these matters and declared that “if we do not have an honest conversation about what it will take to protect Medicare and Social Security, we fail seniors and we will fail the next generation of Americans”. Strong words, except the fact that Medicare and Social Security are some of the most stable subjects in our country right now. We will admit that it is a debatable subject, however, and the presidential candidate just needs more supporters.
Bush wants to start upping the retirement age by one month starting with 2022. On the long run, it means that the retirement age might reach 70 by the end of 2058. Life expectancy is believed to grow by that year, but are we really willing to take the chance of hoping that something might get better? We are a country that has learnt that good things don’t just happen. We make them happen.
And besides, who wants to retire at an older age? Doesn’t everybody want to retire as fast as possible?
Make no mistake: you will be able to retire at the same age as you can retire now, at 65, but this is where Bush comes in and proposes a trade. For those who want to retire early, Social Security will decrease and for those who want to serve until the very end Social Security will increase. It’s a fair trade, but how many people want to keep working until they are in their 70s?
Statistically, the numbers are small and our children will perhaps blame us for having voted Bush with this unsatisfying idea. Again, it is fair, but people do not want to die at work. Compared with a grandson and spending time with your loved ones, work is insignificant with the exception of few individuals. Bush is thinking about the people who are voting for him now, but not for the people who are going to work until 2058 and that is why Jeb Bush has fallen into disgrace.
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