At the urging of Karl Rove, George W. Bush touched the third rail of American politics, Social Security, 10 years ago. He almost melted his hand. No brother Jeb is out to melt the entire party. On Sunday, he appeared on Bob Schieffer's final show as host of "Face The Nation."
Jeb had to mention Social Security: "We need to look over the horizon and begin to phase in, over an extended period of time, going from (age) 65 to 68 or 70. And that by itself will help sustain the retirement system for anybody under the age of 40."
At this point I am getting queasy.
Bob Schieffer: "What about means testing?"
Jeb: "I think it ought to be considered, for sure."
No, no, no, no, no.
Turning Social Security into a welfare program is the worst possibility on the horizon for this program.
Social Security is an insurance program. The problem is it is government-run and instead of investing the money, it collects 3.6% interest from Congress. Up that to 6% and the money will be there forever.
Seriously, Jeb is looking more and more like a saboteur than a candidate.