Republicans: prepare to hold your nose when you vote

Let’s be clear: the GOP nominee for the 2016 presidential campaign will be

John Ellis Bush.

I know this because:
1. He’s got the money.
2. He’s got the establishment support.
3. He’s got the connections.
And, most important…
4. He’s (so far) not saying a lot of ridiculously crazy tin-foil hat stuff.
Sure, JEB has plenty of baggage… most of it because of the guy in the picture. BUT keep this in mind: Republicans chose his brother despite the poor performance of Poppy Bush, so why wouldn’t they gloss over W’s negatives and usher in yet another member of the family… along with the same group of inept advisors?
Republicans will throw their support behind JEB because the party has a habit of giving the nod to the next in line. That’s why John McCain was given his chance in 2008 and Mitt Romney grabbed the Golden Ticket in 2012.
Of course, by that logic Rick Santorum should be next… since he came in second last time. But anyone with a pulse and a functioning frontal lobe knows that Santorum will come out of the general election on the losing end of a massive landslide… no matter the opponent. 
Nope, Bush is the guy… even though he wants to do things that hurt the non-rich on his own side.
Take this example from Face the Nation yesterday:
SCHIEFFER: Let me ask you about Social Security.
You recently said you favor raising the retirement age for Social Security. To what age?
BUSH: I think it needs to be phased in over an extended period of time. I have seen ideas that are 68, for example.
So people that already have the supplemental retirement system, which is a contract, I don’t think we violate that. For people that are about ready to be beneficiaries of their supplemental retirement, I don’t think we change that.
But 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.
SCHIEFFER: What about means-testing?
BUSH: I think it ought to be considered, for sure.
SCHIEFFER: You do think so? 
BUSH: I do so, yes.
Got that? JEB wants to force you to postpone your Social Security benefits… the ones you paid into with every paycheck your entire life… rather than alienate his deep-pocketed friends who would feel a little pain from the obvious best solution… which is to eliminate the ceiling on earnings (currently $118.500.00) and make the tax applicable on every dollar earned.
Of course, the rich can easily get around that by not taking a paycheck and instead receiving dividend payments and stock options (see Steve Jobs).
But for the vast majority of potential JEB votes, his plan to “save” Social Security will be unwelcome news. 
Still, they’ll hold their noses and fill in the oval beside his name anyway… because voting against their own best interests is what they’ve been trained to do.

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