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  •  The constant lie about living longer. (10+ / 0-)

    Sure, 100 years ago the life expectancy was much shorter, but that factored in infant death, childhood disease and a whole bunch of stuff that stopped people from even hitting 65. The life expectancy of a 65 year old is only a few years more than it was under FDR, and a lot of those gains are concentrated in the wealthier 20% of the population. The poor manual laborer who retires after 40 back-breakiing years is much less likely to hit 90 than the white collar professional.

    •  A white woman without a high school diploma (5+ / 0-)

      has seen her life expectancy fall 5 years in the last 20.  For white men without a high school diploma, three years have been lost in the same period.

      http://www.nytimes.com/...

      "But the traitors will pretend / that it's gettin' near the end / when it's beginning" P. Ochs

      by JesseCW on Fri Oct 18, 2013 at 08:51:10 AM PDT

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    •  THANK YOU!!!! (2+ / 0-)
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      Dem Beans, The grouch

      I'm sick and tired of this myth especially sick and tired of hearing it from progressives. There is simply no urgency in dealing with a potential shortfall in Social Security that is decades away.

      We'd be far better off getting the unemployed back to work faster because guess what, working folks actually pay SS and Medicare taxes while unemployed people don't!

      Just another faggity fag socialist fuckstick homosinner!

      by Ian S on Fri Oct 18, 2013 at 10:50:54 AM PDT

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