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Well said.


Also keep in mind that all those statistics about increased life expectancy typically refer to life expectancy AT BIRTH. It's simply not true that people life decades longer and that that is why our pension system is in trouble.

The number you really want to look at is life expectancy at retirement age, and that really hasn't changed all that much. In 1920, life expectancy at 60 was an additional 16 years. Today, life expectancy at 60 is an additional 20 years. Life expectancy *at birth* has increased about thirty years from 1920 til now, but that is mainly because infant mortality dropped by almost 10-fold since then.

And yes, the US *is* suffering from an aging population. But that is mainly due to the Baby Boom at the end of WWII, not because people are actually living much longer.


Here's some better statistics, from Social Security's own website:

tl;dr: remaining life life expectancy at age 65 has only increased by 2.6/4.9 years (M/F) between 1940 and 1990.

Frank Carpenter

I am 59. I am a two time cancer survivor, have a cardiac stent, and have had both hips replaced. I started my first job at 11 working on a dairy farm, as an adult worked as a laborer, an engineer, a contractor, and a woodworker. I built my own house and paid cash for it. I will spend tomorrow humping wood to the house for heat.
That fucker wants me to die in the traces, while he lives in a penthouse.

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