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."
Shit.

2 comments:

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.