Douthat’s Tales of the Shocking Parallel Universe Pelosi Calls Home

The New York TimesRoss Douthat (11/15/10) warns us about the nightmare world that “Nancy Pelosi and her compatriots” live in:

It’s a world where the Social Security retirement age never budges, no matter how high average life expectancy climbs.

Shudder! Luckily, Pelosi and co.’s world seems to have diverged from ours around 2003, when the normal retirement age budged up two months, further budging by the same amount until 2008, when it reached 66 years. It’s currently scheduled to begin budging again in 2021, until it budges up to 67 in 2026.

In sharp contrast to Pelosi’s horrifying dystopia, where such budges are considered unthinkable, in our universe they are so routine that even some people who write about politics for a living seem completely unaware of them.

About Jim Naureckas

Extra! Magazine Editor Since 1990, Jim Naureckas has been the editor of Extra!, FAIR's monthly journal of media criticism. He is the co-author of The Way Things Aren't: Rush Limbaugh's Reign of Error, and co-editor of The FAIR Reader: An Extra! Review of Press and Politics in the '90s. He is also the co-manager of FAIR's website. He has worked as an investigative reporter for the newspaper In These Times, where he covered the Iran-Contra scandal, and was managing editor of the Washington Report on the Hemisphere, a newsletter on Latin America. Jim was born in Libertyville, Illinois, in 1964, and graduated from Stanford University in 1985 with a bachelor's degree in political science. Since 1997 he has been married to Janine Jackson, FAIR's program director. You can follow Jim on Twitter at @JNaureckas.