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Friday, November 12, 2010

Write Your Congressperson - You should

The entire meme about the insolvency of Social Security, as put out by the Cat Food Commission, is bull shit, and anybody who understands the system, its funding, demographics, and  life expectancy knows it.

Here's Krugman.

. . .  since 1977, the life expectancy of male workers retiring at age 65 has risen 6 years in the top half of the income distribution, but only 1.3 years in the bottom half.

And Krugman again.

. . . that men in the bottom half of the earnings distribution saw their life expectancy at age 65 rise only 1.1 years from 1982 to 2006. Over the same period, by the way, the retirement age — under current law — rose 8 months.

 In simple terms, life expectancy is increasing for Lawyers and CEO's, but not for janitors and postal clerks.  The short stint in retirement that the latter might have some day is being eaten up by increases in the retirement age.

So - write your congressperson today.   Here is a model letter from commentor Jack at AB.

Needs some paragraph separation but the content is right on.

Also, sending this one to Alan (aka Homer) Simpson and Erskin Bowles is highly recommended.

Now - off to the Post office with you . . . .

1 comment:

Jenn @ Youknow...that Blog? said...

My sweetheart - found that hugely long list of words you were so bummed about, and saved them! They're there in my comments now, and thank you very much for those! Holy smokes..!