Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Methuselah killed Social Security.

There's a lot going on in this article, much of which is unsettling despite its ultimate optimism: people are living longer and eating up resources without contributing to society; part of the proposed solution is to delay retirement age to account for increased life expectancy and combat ageism that keeps the old out of the workplace. Right enough, I think, except that one of the current issues making it difficult for young people to get work is that retirement-aged folks are staying in or returning to the workforce. But these are issues for people with more capacious brains than mine. What really got me was this:
"Of all the people in human history who ever reached the age of 65, half are alive now."


Timothy Huynh said...

there is no way that is true, it is numerically unsound.

BJG. said...

You're probably right. There are a lot of old folks these days, though.