The truth about Fleischmann
Recently (5/25/14), a letter appeared in the Times Free Press lauding Rep. Chuck Fleischmann for his efforts on behalf of veterans. Unfortunately, the full picture is not all that clear or laudable. For example, Fleischmann took the so-called "Taxpayer Protection Pledge," meaning that if a choice is to be made between caring for veterans and raising taxes, the veterans will remain uncared for, their needs unmet. Additionally, Fleischmann voted for the Republican Study Committee amendment to the 2013 Ryan budget. This reduced Medicare and Social Security benefits to zero beginning in 2024 for everyone under 70. In other words, a person who is 59 right now, who anticipates retirement in a few years, would have to delay that retirement until age 70, regardless of physical hardships.