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Senator Mark Warner Does Not Know that the Normal Retirement Age for Social Security Has Been Raised

Thursday, 17 February 2011 05:21

Either Senator Warner doesn't know one of the most basic facts about Social Security or he is deliberately saying things that are not true to advance his agenda of cutting Social Security. In an interview on Morning Edition he commented that Franklin Roosevelt set the retirement age at 65 when the program was initially established and that we have still not raised it, even though we have had substantial increases in life expectancy.

In fact, the age for receiving full benefits has already been raised to 66 and will rise further to age 67 for people born after 1962. It would be incredible if Senator Warner was unaware of this fact. It is also remarkable that the moderator did not correct Mr. Warner's misstatement and inform listeners that the normal retirement age has in fact been raised. This is not the first time that Morning Edition has been used to pass along a false information to disparage Social Security.

Comments (6)Add Comment
written by Josh, February 17, 2011 6:36
Warner's only goal is to show his credentials as a tool of the Washington Elite and the Wealthy. He could care less about Social Security ... which is why he doesn't even know how it works.
written by liberal, February 17, 2011 7:47
...even though we have had substantial increases in life expectancy.

IIRC, the increases in life expectancy, while real, aren't nearly as impressive if you look at conditional figures (like expectancy for people who live to age 5, age 65, etc).
written by ComradeAnon , February 17, 2011 8:54
A politician not knowing what they were talking about and a journalist/host/moderator not knowing either. That covers about 98% of informational transactions in this country. I'm starting to wonder how we cane a great county. I mean an Exceptional country. but then I remember that widespread bat $h!t crazy republicanism/conservativism/libertarianism is a relatively recent creation.
written by ComradeAnon, February 17, 2011 8:59
And I know that Warner is a Dem. He falls into the idiot category. Only marginaly better than the rest of them.
Warner is a Multi-Millionaire
written by Paul, February 17, 2011 9:55
Why would he care about social security except as a slush fund that he and his buddies in the Senate can raid to fund their pet projects.
Minor correction
written by AndrewDover, February 17, 2011 6:50

Actually the full retirement age is 67 for those those born in 1960 and 1961 too.


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