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  •  Am I dense? (none)
    I don't get what the point would be of having different benefits for men and women.  Even if, statistically, one group lives longer... so what? Individuals live as long as they live and need the same benefits while they're alive and stop needing them when they're dead.  Right? So... what am I missing? headscratch

    How can we get over it when people died for the right to vote? -- John Lewis

    by furryjester on Wed Jan 19, 2005 at 08:20:49 AM PST

    •  total cost of a woman (none)
      to the program would be higher because she lives longer, all other things being equal.

      Of course, other things aren't equal.  Since women's wages are still on average lower than men's, and they may have fewer years total in the workforce because of childbearing, it may well balance out.

    •  Salvation Army model of benefits (4.00)
      This is the anti-women model of benefits employed by the Salvation Army. Women are less important, so they should not be getting an equal share. I think the "live longer" concept is a false scientific-sounding point being used to justify their position. But they just don't like the idea of treating women as equals in the work place. It fits in with the Supply-side Jesus view of the world.

      GOP: Party before Country

      by puppethead on Wed Jan 19, 2005 at 08:26:53 AM PST

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    •  Don't look for policy logic (none)
      This is wingnut maneuvering.  Just as their "African-Americans get a raw deal from SocSec" lie was intended politically to try to weaken the black community's support for SocSec, so this is probably Thomas' hope to suggest to the GOP core -- white men -- that they're getting screwed by SocSec demographics.  It's just more politically-based BS.

      Certitude is not the test of certainty. We have been cocksure of many things that were not so.-- Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

      by Steady Eddie on Wed Jan 19, 2005 at 08:29:30 AM PST

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