We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Why not? People are living healthier, longer - and it would help solve the Medicare and Social Security messes. Few people are over the hill at 65 anymore. Prime of life, and at the peak of wisdom and experience. Much to offer to the world.
The blue collar guy is hauling bricks up a ladder while the idiot in D.C. is saying everyone lives longer and we need to raise the retirement age. I'm not a fan of social security, but I was promised a retirement at 65 when they took the money. Now it's moved to 68, and some would like it moved to 70. How about you leave my retirement to me, let me keep my money and let me be responsible for my own retirement age!
So easy for some desk bound bozo to say we should raise the age without thinking about the blue collar folks who actually work with their backs! Retirement is an individual decision that is best left to the individual making the decision!
"Why not? People are living healthier, longer - and it would help solve the Medicare and Social Security messes. Few people are over the hill at 65 anymore. Prime of life, and at the peak of wisdom and experience. Much to offer to the world."
Fine thoughts. But the key to its success will be breaking down age discrimination.
It's useless to propose working to 70 if it will just mean a large unemployed demographic in the 60-70 age range who can't get jobs because they're considered "too old".