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by Christopher Chantrill
October 23, 2007 at 4:10 pm
THE GOVERNMENTS entitlements like Social Security are based on age entitlements. At age 62 you can get early retirement on Social Security. At age 65 you start Medicare. But government researchers are looking at another approach, writes Tyler Cowen at Marginal Revolution.
The current practice of measuring age as years-since-birth, both in common practice and in the law, rather than alternative measures reflecting a persons stage in the lifecycle distorts important behavior such as retirement, saving, and the discussion of dependency ratios.
Get the idea? Change the entitlement for Social Security from age 62 to the age at which you have a 15 year life expectancy.
The chaps at Marginal Revolution seem to think this is a great idea. But I wonder.
As a 61 year-old, I really dont want to be forced to work until 70 or something before I get my Social Security. The fact is that most people, once they have raised their children, start to slow down. And our brains, as well as our bodies, slow down too. We get ready to get out of the rat race. If only we could.
Of course, with a judicious combination of work and savings, I can adjust my work effort and income to suit myself. But with a mechanical government program, thats not possible. Somebody else sets the rules. And the rules are not necessarily in anyones best interest.
In fact, the trouble with the governments entitlement programs is that they respond only too readily to the universal human willingness to live at the expense of others.
Hey! Ive worked hard for ___ (fill in the blank) years. I deserve it. The folks in Europe certainly do.
And once you have the government program in place then you are reduced to arguing over whether to juggle the benefits this way or that way, or change the eligibility upwards or downwards. Individuals and families are not longer in control. But the monster stays.
The entitlement problem will not be solved by mechanical means, juggling this or that parameter. It will be solved by raw political power.
That may not be a pretty sight.|
But I saw a man yesterday who knows a fellow who had it from a chappie
that said that Urquhart had been dipping himself a bit recklessly off the deep end.
Dorothy L. Sayers, Strong Poison
Civil Societya complex welter of intermediate institutions, including businesses, voluntary associations, educational institutions, clubs, unions, media, charities, and churchesbuilds, in turn, on the family, the primary instrument by which people are socialized into their culture and given the skills that allow them to live in broader society and through which the values and knowledge of that society are transmitted across the generations.
Francis Fukuyama, Trust
Tear down theory, poetic systems... No more rules, no more models... Genius conjures up
rather than learns... Victor Hugo
César Graña, Bohemian versus Bourgeois
We have met with families in which for weeks together, not an article of sustenance but potatoes had been used; yet for every child the hard-earned sum was provided to send them to school.
E. G. West, Education and the State
When we began first to preach these things, the people appeared as awakened from the sleep of agesthey seemed to see for the first time that they were responsible beings, and that a refusal to use the means appointed was a damning sin.
Finke, Stark, The Churching of America, 1776-1990
When we received Christ, Phil added, all of a sudden we now had a rule book to go by, and when we had problems the preacher was right there to give us the answers.
James M. Ault, Jr., Spirit and Flesh
A writer who says that there are no truths, or that all truth is merely relative, is asking you not to believe him. So dont.
Roger Scruton, Modern Philosophy
As far as the Catholic Church is concerned, the principal focus of her interventions in the public arena is the protection and promotion of the dignity of the person, and she is thereby consciously drawing particular attention to principles which are not negotiable...
[1.] protection of life in all its stages, from the first moment of conception until natural death; [2.] recognition and promotion of the natural structure of the family... [3.] the protection of the right of parents to educate their children.
Pope Benedict XVI, Speech to European Peoples Party, 2006
At first, we thought [the power of the West] was because you had more powerful guns than we had. Then we thought it was because you had the best political system. Next we focused on your economic system. But in the past twenty years, we have realized that the heart of your culture is your religion: Christianity.
David Aikman, Jesus in Beijing
But the only religions that have survived are those which support property and the family.
Thus the outlook for communism, which is both anti-property and anti-family, (and also anti-religion), is not promising.
F.A. Hayek, The Fatal Conceit
Conservatism is the philosophy of society. Its ethic is fraternity and its characteristic is authority the non-coercive social persuasion which operates in a family or a community. It says we should....
Danny Kruger, On Fraternity
Families helped each other putting up homes and barns. Together, they built churches, schools, and common civic buildings. They collaborated to build roads and bridges. They took pride in being free persons, independent, and self-reliant; but the texture of their lives was cooperative and fraternal.
Michael Novak, The Spirit of Democratic Capitalism