The ruddy face of Representative John Larson roars through my Facebook news hole this afternoon, and, shortly after wondering who the hell’s he, I click the video and watch as in strong voice he addresses Republican opponents on the floor of the House, saying it’s time to “expose a lot of (their) myths, like this notion that social security and Medicare are entitlements.”
Right index finger jabbing, he states, “News flash. It’s the insurance that the American people have paid for… News Flash. Ten thousand baby boomers a day become eligible for social security every day… News Flash. The average woman when she retires gets fourteen thousand dollars annually from social security, and for more than half that’s all they’re got to live on… Yet these bastions of courage on the other side would like to cut these programs.”
The Republicans don’t want this process to be decided in Congress, Larson explains. They plan to introduce “an amendment where they’ll never have to face a vote on what their constituents actually have to face day in and day out… If you want to take away people’s benefits, have the courage to vote on it.”
I conclude he’d make a good president and Google him to learn he’s from Connecticut and age sixty-nine, two years younger and much more lucid than Donald Trump, but supports energy independence, clean renewable fuels, reducing greenhouse gases, protecting consumers, and increasing efficiency of products, buildings, and vehicles. Those positions, along with preserving social security and Medicare, make him unelectable.