Florida’s population is growing. It picked up districts while New York and California lost them. The blue model is clearly failing and people from blue states are voting with their feet and moving trucks.
So Biden is going to tell people they should fear Florida.
Biden hopes to use Florida’s ‘extreme MAGA Republicans’ as foils for his closing midterm pitch – CNN
Pitch for what?
Given a choice between being Florida or New York, a lot of people want to be Florida. That is part of what’s on the ballot in the midterms.
Do people want public safety or “criminal justice reform”?
Sexualization of kids or a ban on it?
What’s Biden’s counter-pitch exactly?
Biden’s team first identified Florida as an ideal launching point for his midterm message over the summer. That kickoff was delayed by the president’s Covid-19 diagnosis and scuttled again by Hurricane Ian, so instead Biden has chosen it as the location for a major rally as he makes his closing argument ahead of next week’s midterm elections.
He has drawn on Florida Republican Sen. Rick Scott’s policy proposals and on threats of Republican brinkmanship over the debt ceiling to argue the GOP will hurt the economy and put popular entitlement programs at risk. And with senior-heavy Florida as the backdrop, Biden will also hold an official event before the rally, calling attention to Republicans’ Social Security and Medicare proposals.
The three Dem arguments are, social security, abortion and identity politics. Plus a layer of “extremism” on top.
Florida is at least the right place to make Social Security and Medicare alarmist arguments. The trouble is that the Democrats and the Biden administration are pretty terrible messengers.
And the comebacks all too obvious.
The Inflation Increase Act and other massive corrupt spending packages are further destroying any possibility of sustaining Social Security and Medicare. There isn’t even any talk of Al Gore’s “lockbox”. Instead, uncontrolled Democrat spending is putting government retirement programs on a track to insolvency, nationally and locally.
Those retirees who haven’t had their retirement savings wrecked by Biden’s economy are looking at disaster up ahead for government programs.
Medicare’s Hospital Insurance Trust Fund is set for insolvency by 2027. With demographics, the picture is even worse. Spending is climbing and the numbers are unworkable.
Republicans are proposing various reforms. Democrats are insisting that no reforms are needed while putting the programs on track to even faster insolvency.
Who’s that helping?
Biden wants to make that argument in Florida. He can. But he’d better be prepared to talk about what he doesn’t want to, which is the plan for saving Medicare and Social Security.
And he doesn’t have one. At least not one anyone wants to seriously talk about.
If Congress wanted to immediately eliminate Medicare’s projected deficit, it would take a roughly 24% increase in the payroll tax rate, or a 15% spending cut, to ensure solvency — or some combination of the two, according to CRFB.
But “putting things off would require more severe changes,” said Cori Uccello, a senior health fellow at the American Academy of Actuaries.
Somehow I don’t see Biden making a serious pitch for either one or splitting the difference.
Biden’s got a retirement plan. It’s called China. Millions of Americans don’t.