And your posts here are part of that effort. And you should be ashamed.
This is so obvious. You keep bitching, carping, moaning and crying that there simply is not enough money to sustain the program. Got it. Its a money problem. But when I and others come along and say pop the cap but freeze current benefit levels to inflation, you trot out this stupid "you want to change the program and kill SS" meme which borders on Alice In Wonderland Mad Hatter upside down thinking because such an idea will go a long long way to saving benefits for people for a very long time.
There are two novels that can change a bookish fourteen-year old's life: The Lord of the Rings and Atlas Shrugged. One is a childish fantasy that often engenders a lifelong obsession with its unbelievable heroes, leading to an emotionally stunted, socially crippled adulthood, unable to deal with the real world. The other, of course, involves orcs.... John Rogers
For men in 1940, if they made it to 21 their life expectancy was 53.9 years; by 1990, it was 72.3 years. For women, it's jumped from 60.6 years to 83.6 years.
For men in 1940, if they made it to 65 their life expectancy was another 12.7 years, and by 1990 it was 15.3 years. For women, 14.7 to 19.6. In addition, the percentage of the US population that is over 65 has grown, from 6.8% in 1940 to 12.4% in 2000. (Social Security History)
The average age of retirement has also apparently dropped. In 1940, it was 68; by 1995 it was 64.
And what about changes in the number of years worked, compared to the number of years in retirement? According to the BLS, it looks like this....
Heritage has a pretty good article on this: Time to Raise Social Security
People are working less, retiring earlier, and living longer, at a time when there are fewer workers who have to support more retirees. I will gladly admit that simply stating "life expectancy" is a bit oversimplified, but the essence is correct. To suggest that the changes in life expectancy haven't contributed to the issues facing SS is slightly ridiculous.
⚧ C.T.L.W. You figure it out
My Endo doc went over my blood work. "I see your estrogen level is now at 315, do you feel like you have too much Estrogen now?"
I told her "... N... N.. No..." and started crying.