Ben Shapiro says Americans shouldn’t be able to retire at 65-years-old

Radio show host and commentator Ben Shapiro made the case on Tuesday for why America’s retirement age needs to be raised.

Speaking on his conservative radio show, Shapiro first pointed to President Joe Biden’s own age, 81, as proof of why the retirement age is far too low.

“Joe Biden is 81 years old,” he said. “The retirement age in the United States, at which you start to receive Social Security and you are eligible for Medicare, is 65. Joe Biden has technically been eligible for Social Security and Medicare for 16 years, and he wants to continue in office until he is 86, which is 19 years past when he would be eligible for retirement.”

“No one in the United States should be retiring at 65 years old. Frankly, I think retirement itself is a stupid idea unless you have some sort of health problem. Everybody that I know who is elderly, who has retired, is dead within five years. And if you talk to people who are elderly and they lose their purpose in life by losing their job and they stop working, things go to hell in a handbasket real quick,” he added.


Shapiro then pointed to the average life expectancy in the United States as another example of why the retirement age should be raised.

“When Franklin Delano Roosevelt established 65 as the retirement age, the average life expectancy in the United States was 63 years old. Today, the average life expectancy in the United States is close to 80,” he said.

“It’s totally insane that you believe that you should be able to work from the time that you are essentially 20 to the time that you are 65, which is a 45 year period, you pay in, and then you’ll receive Social Security benefits sufficient to support you and your family, you and your wife or whatever, for, like, another 20 years,” he added.

“That’s crazy talk. That is not fiscally sustainable. The notion that if you have to raise the retirement age to 67 or 68, that everyone is gonna fall apart — my parents are that age. My parents are not retired, and they shouldn’t retire. It would be very bad for them to retire,” he continued.

After the conclusion of his radio show, Shapiro took his talking points to X (formerly known as Twitter), where he continued to argue that raising the retirement age would be the right thing to do.

Except this time he added a caveat: Health.

“Yes. If you are mentally and physically healthy, taxpayers should not pay you to retire at 65,” he wrote.

Shapiro also proposed an interesting counter-offer: America keeps the retirement age at 65 but makes it MANDATORY for elected officials like President Joe Biden.


While the commentator’s remarks prompted quite a bit of complaining, particularly from leftists but also some conservatives, they did inspire some agreement, especially from those who recognize that Social Security in its current form is on track to be insolvent.

“I agree. Because if we don’t do something we’ll never trim the debt. Plus I think it’s going to be insolvent by like 2036. So inevitably something is going to have to give,” one supporter tweeted.

“I guess everyone’s missing the main point. If we continue on the path we’re on, (everyone retires at 65) because they’ve put their time in, and the government has taken their money, against their will in most cases, NOBODY will get SS because it is insolvent,” another supporter tweeted.

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