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  •  But they do that for economic reasons. (2+ / 0-)

    The retirement age keeps going up because SS is always nearly bankrupt.  They raise the age in order to find some money and put off the collapse.  That doesn't mean people are retiring at 70.  They keep working p/t jobs or volunteer work.  

    "What's worth the price is always worth the fight." - Nickelback

    by rainmanjr on Mon Nov 02, 2009 at 11:44:33 PM PST

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      •  Every time I hear that I have to wonder (2+ / 0-)
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        doinaheckuvanutjob, rainmanjr

        Are those people really mean and sadistic, or simply extremely stupid.

        Because NO WAY would they be able to extend people's work years like that. Many older people are struggling in workplaces now in their 50s and 60s. I'm not that young and I can tell you, I have to really work hard to keep from falling backwards, substantially.

        I can see how once the brain starts shrinking (around 35) it becomes very hard form scientists or anybody who does non-machine doable work to keep producing the highest quality work.

        The very best scientists and mathematicians, for example, have often done their best work by age 30. (Look at Einstein or especially Galois!)

        There's arguably in some ways a very short window there for real world class work. Anything else wont cut it in another 20 years, so why not retire people and let others take over? Pay people to teach or mentor others. We need to get education to the young in a big way, we are really dropping the ball. They can't loaf around, or its all over. Other countries have cram schools, kids study day and night to get into college. And then they pay for it. Why not here?

        And then we need tools to help people identify what they might be best in. And we need to figure out how to get the resources to them to do it. We forget, its a race we are in here.

        The rest of the world won't wait for us!

        Illness is Health! Negligence is Care! Fraud is Accuracy! Affordable Healthcare or Bush by 2084: Vote Obama in 2012 and 2016!

        by Andiamo on Tue Nov 03, 2009 at 07:12:50 AM PST

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