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Jeb Bush Thinks You Should Put Off Retirement

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Jeb Bush may be known as the “low energy” candidate, thanks to Donald Trump, but he has some ideas on how you should be occupying your time. Bush told "Face the Nation" he thinks Americans need to work longer.

Instead of retiring at age 65 or 66, Bush wants the start of the golden years to be phased in to begin at 68 or 70. And if your teeth are still good, maybe 75 or so.

One would think a proposal that would affect seniors who are the most likely to vote in a primary would be big news. Particularly when Social Security has been referred to as the “third rail” of politics.


But I don’t recall hearing much about the retirement age statement.

(For readers who don’t live in a major metropolitan area, the “third rail” is the subway rail that carries power for the train. Touching one would electrify even Jeb Bush.)

Donald Trump didn’t announce until mid-June so the campaign was in that somnolent period when the mainstream media was mistaking dollars raised for votes cast and just assumed Bush would be the nominee.

Reporters may have been saving the story for later in 2016 when Bush was mano–a–womano with Hillary and it would come in handy for an attack.

Bush explained, “I think [the increase in the retirement age] needs to be phased in over an extended period of time. We need to look over the horizon and begin to phase in, over an extended period of time, going from 65 to 68 or 70. And that, by itself, will help sustain the retirement system for anybody under the age of 40.”

This will come as a shock to the majority of seniors who don’t even wait until 65 to retire.

The Motley Fool reports, “ . . . the largest percentage of retirees opted to receive Social Security at age 62 — the earliest age at which a person can claim benefits. In 2013, 35.7 percent of men and 41.3 percent of women signed up at age 62. By comparison, just 1.4 percent of men and 2.5 percent of women waited until they were 70 or older to take Social Security.”

This interview again points out how curious this GOP campaign has been. Bush is considered the savvy establishment insider whose main selling point is the ability to win in the fall.

Trump is supposed to be the clown campaigner that will implode.


Yet when Trump criticizes Muslims or Mexicans, he’s going after people who won’t be voting in a Republican primary. While the wily Bush goes after the largest, most reliable voting bloc in the GOP base.

So tell me again, who is running the smarter campaign?

Michael Reagan is the son of President Ronald Reagan. He is president of The Reagan Legacy Foundation and chairman of the League of American Voters. Mike is an in-demand speaker with Premiere. Read more reports from Michael Reagan — Go Here Now.




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