Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) is one of many on Capitol Hill who have looked at the actuarial tables showing an ever-increasing life span for Americans, and has suggested raising the eligibility age for receiving Social Security. This suggestion is now being turned against him in a TV advertising campaign in South Carolina.
According to SCNOW, the campaign is coming from the Progressive Change Campaign Committee.
The organization is basing its attack on remarks Graham made on NBC’s “Meet the Press” shortly after New Years.
The basis of the suggestions for raising the age for SS eligibility has been the fact that many Americans are able to continue working longer than in the past. The position has been strongly criticized by pointing out that this is not the case for many citizens who earn their paycheck through physical labor or in ways that are otherwise taxing to an aging body.
The ads are headed for Charleston SC and in the Washington DC area. The group is not spending a ton of money – according to SCNOW, it has $20K to spend on what it figures will be about 140 airings – but it is seeking additional funding from its membership to acquire more airtime.
RBR-TVBR observation: Is Graham quaking in his boots? Given the quality of the candidate the Democrats put up against Jim DeMint (R-SC) in 2010, we would suggest not. In fact, any bad feelings a liberal policy group can drum up against Graham would likely benefit not a Democratic opponent, but a Republican primary challenger who might take an even harder line on Social Security than Graham has staked out.