Yes, it's all a GRAND CONSPIRACY to target black men. The white folks (only the men ... the women are angels and they don't do this ... it's only evil white men) in Congress all have charts on their walls that they update every year, showing the life expectancy of black men and when it gets too high, they say ahhh, it's time to jack the age up to punish them black people. That they continuously raise the age has nothing to do with making these programs more sustainable and to reflect the fact that folks are living longer. It's all about black men and keeping them down (not black women, tho, they are apparently alright in the eyes of the evil white congressmen)Interesting stuff:
Social Security, when introduced, excluded women and nonwhites from eligibility, so decades ago, Congress decided that any white man who worked for ten years deserved a basic level of insurance, along with his spouse.
Of course, later race and gender barriers to entitlements were far less explicit. Between 1960 and 1980 when the full retirement age was 65, black men could theoretically qualify for benefits, but the average life expectancy of an African American male was roughly 62 years old. So Blacks would pay into the program their entire lives and die before they could take any substantive advantage.
Then in the 1980s, when Black male life expectancy had finally increased to 65, it was decided that entitlements needed an overhaul and the age of full retirement was raised to 67.
Currently, Black male life expectancy is finally at 70, and what a SHOCK that Romney/Ryan would have raised the age of Medicare eligibility to 70...
I suggest you take off the tinfoil hat.
Also, although I think for anyone to suggest that such things are determined according to the average life expectancy of black men is ridiculous on its face, is that the average life expectancy from birth or for those who have become adults. IT is often said that when social security was created the average life expectancy was less than 65 ... so most folks never lived long enough to receive it, but that's not really true because that number is skewed by the relatively high infant mortality rate back then.