Nick Field writes a very generous political history of Marjorie Margolies’s long tightrope walk on raising the Social Security retirement age.
My takeaway is that Democratic politics has changed enough that she *probably* wouldn’t support raising the retirement age again, but why take the risk? With Daylin Leach and Val Arkoosh both on the record in favor of expanding Social Security in this super liberal D+13 district, a purity contest on this issue is both appropriate and desirable.
I thought it was a bit weird that Arkoosh got the endorsement from NCPSSM, since she only endorsed the general concept of Mark Begich’s Preserving and Protecting Social Security Act from what I’ve seen, and was not familiar with it when I asked her about it. Daylin has endorsed that bill straightforwardly.
This is all spurring me to finally transcribe the interview I did with Daylin a couple months back, which will make it clear he’s got the higher purity position than what Arkoosh has gone on the record with.
You can read more about the Begich bill here, but basically he uncaps the income threshold for Social Security taxes (currently set at $110K) but he gives high earners an equivalent increase in benefits, and he shifts the inflation measure “CPI-E” which weights things that seniors buy more heavily. So it’s a benefit increase, but it also makes the program solvent and able to pay full benefits through 2085.