Just because the affluent live longer doesn't mean we can't raise the age for Social Security and Medicare eligibility.
Americans want to fix Social Security through tax hikes, not benefit cuts, a new, rigorously conducted survey finds.
The cavalier endorsement of raising the retirement age by people who really love their jobs, who make so much money they barely pay Social Security taxes, and who are, actuarially speaking, ensured a long and healthy life, drives me nuts. There's no cut as cruel to the poor and as kind to the rich as that one.
The courage it takes to call for a higher retirement age is the courage to say that other people who don't have it as good as you do should be the ones to pay to shore up Social Security. It's the same kind of courage as a poor person calling for higher taxes on the rich, or a sitting congressman calling for a war he'll never have to fight in.
Raising the Social Security retirement age is a massive cut. And it's extremely regressive.