No, that’s not a headline you can expect to read. But it’s the truth.
Grover Norquist, speaking as the Anti-Tax Grand Inquisitor, more or less replies: Bullsh*t! I wear McCain’s balls on my keyring!”
Then comes the punchline:
A McCain campaign spokesman told ABC News Monday that McCain continues to oppose any tax increase as part of Social Security reform, notwithstanding Fiorina’s comments.
“The lesson of history is that too many specifics at this point polarize the debate, that is the argument Carly was trying to make,” Taylor Griffin said. “However, John McCain does believe that we can fix Social Security without raising taxes. As president, John McCain will call on Congress to develop a bi-partisan solution to Social Security — and if they won’t, he will.”
Three points here:
1. “Too many specifics at this point polarize the debate” translates into English as “If we told the retirees how completely we plan to shaft them, they might not vote for us.”
2. The McCain camp seems to have invented a new idea: unilateral bipartisanship. If Congress doesn’t come up with a bi-partisan plan, McCain will single-handedly come up with his own bi-partisan plan.
3. Since McCain has now committed to “fixing” the Social Security “problem” without raising taxes, and since the only two ways of getting projected revenues to match projected benefits is to increase revenues or reduce benefits, it follows that McCain is committed to cutting Social Security benefits. And that’s before he has to reduce them again to accommodate the diversion of new money into private accounts.
So not only does McCain think that Social Security is “an absolute disgrace,” he knows what he wants to do about it: he’ll reduce pensions but not increase taxes on the wealthy.
This seems to me like Christmas in July.