Tuesday, June 14, 2011

NOW on retirement age

Found via Reddit:
Conservative members of Congress are pressing for increasing the retirement age on the grounds that life expectancy overall has increased. But according to the Congressional Budget Office (2008), life expectancy for women has stagnated, and life expectancy for low-income women has decreased. It is higher-income earning males who have seen their life expectancy extended. Maybe they can work longer, but the rest of us can't.
NOW isn't exactly known as fighting for equality or as a Redditor put it:
So NOW is saying high income males should work longer, because their life expectancy isincreasing, even though even high income males still live 5 years less than high income females. This is a bit of dishonesty achieved by substituting a rate of change for the actual value. 
And there is nothing more to add.

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