NRO’s Rich Lowry asks a simple question: Would liberals support Social Security Reform if they thought of it as reparations for blacks?
There is a direct correlation between economic status and average life span. This means that blacks, who are disproportionately poor, partly for historic reasons, tend to have shorter life spans, especially black males. The average life expectancy of a black male is roughly 68.6. The retirement age of Social Security is set under current law to eventually rise to 67. You do the math — this cannot be a good deal.
According to Social Security expert David John of the Heritage Foundation, one-fifth of white males die between the ages of 50 and 70. But one-third of black males die between those ages. If you die before you reach the age of 62, you have no chance of collecting benefits, and if you die shortly thereafter, you will not recoup the payroll taxes you paid into the system.
Excellent point. Brilliant, even.
LaShawn Barber thought the question was a good one, too, and she took off on a flight of powerful prose.
How white liberals have convinced most blacks that social security reform is “racist” and will hurt old people isn’t physics. I’ll keep it simple. As someone who used to be a liberal, it didn’t matter if a conservative was offering something better for me and my family. As long as I believed the person doing the offering was a racist, I didn’t want it and tried to convince others not to take it, either. Irrational? Darn right it is…I want the power to use my own initiative, motivation and creativity in choosing how, when and where to invest the money I earn. But we live in an era where the government knows what’s best for us, right?
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