Republican Plans to Raise Retirement Age Fall Heavily on Poor

  • Their life expectancies stagnate as the affluent live longer
  • For Virginia man, eating is optional after life of labor

Demonstrators protest cuts to Social Security in Washington, D.C.

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Republican presidential candidates’ rationale for raising the retirement age, that we’re all living longer, holds true for those with multiple diplomas, homes in safe neighborhoods and a plan for golden-age leisure. In other words, for the wealthy.

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