But What If They Don’t Make It?

Republican Senatorial candidate Bill Cassidy is challenging incumbent Sen. Mary Landrieu, where he has suggested raising the age of eligibility for Social Security to 70. In her rebuttal, Sen. Landrieu inadvertently raised a serious fault with the Social Security program.

Cassidy, a congressman leading Landrieu in polls ahead of a likely runoff election, was hammered during their final debate on the traditional Democratic issue of Social Security. In television ads and during debates, Landrieu has repeatedly cited Cassidy’s vote to raise the Social Security benefit age to 70.

At Wednesday’s debate, Landrieu noted that the short life expectancy in some parts of Louisiana would prevent many residents from ever receiving Social Security benefits. In Madison Parish in the north of the state, for example, the male life expectancy is 69.3 years — significantly lower than the national average of 76.4 years.

So you expect them to work their whole life, pay into Social Security and earn benefits and get nothing back?” Landrieu said.

In a topic I will dive deeper into in my upcoming book, many people fail to understand that Social Security does not pay unless you reach retirement age.  This particularly affects Sen. Landrieu’s constituents as the average male life expectancy in Madison Parish, Louisiana is only 69.3 years old.  While Landrieu argues against raising the retirement age, Social Security takes from her constituents and because they have a shorter lifespan on average than most do, they have little chance of recouping their investment.   The real issue is that Social Security itself is a burden on her constituents.

-RR

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