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November 22, 2013


Peter G

No kidding. I have been pointing this out frequently when making the argument that a well designed social insurance system takes such things into account. Life expectancy is heavily influenced by economic status. And access to health care.


It's a good argument in favor of raising the income cap for FICA tax.


Yep yep. Raising the eligibility age on retirement programs has always been just another way to shove the working poor's faces further into the muck. But it has a veneer of reasonableness because aggregate life expectancy is going up.

Yeah, tell that to the people who have been working physically-taxing jobs for 40 years. Tell them their 65-year-old bodies can handle a couple more years of being on their feet, heavy lifting, etc. Assholes.

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