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"Today seniors — my peer group — continue to insist, nay, demand that we get every cent and benefit "we deserve."
I resent this kind of tactic. The author may well be a senior but he may also be a shill for the Democrats. Either way it appears to me that they are softening up the population to accept the government taking over the funds that today support the Social Security system. There is also a move to federalize all private retirement funds. This would be YOUR 401k or IRA. Think about it, the federal government is broke, they can't get enough money from increasing taxes to allow them to continue spending at this rate. They need someone else to streal from and they are targeting SS and private retirement funds. Where does the author get off saying it is the fault of senior citizens for insisting we get what we paid for. I can assure you my SS check is a lot less then able bodied welfare recipients get for doing absolutely nothing (except pushing out a few kids). Don't buy into this crap that collecting your SS somehow makes YOU at fault for our government's stupid and even criminal misuse of tax funds. The federal government has 2400 seperate welfare programs spread (hidden) in 5 cabinet level departments. Why do you suppose when the pundits talk about "entitlements" they never mention any of these programs but instead target Social Security??? In case you can't figure out the answer it is because the welfare recipients vote for the correct party but a lot of those old timers are just not getting the message so they have to be punished.
GoneWithTheWind - I suppose the reason SS is targeted is because many of us (myself included) under 50 feel like we are pouring money down a hole we will never see again. How would you feel if you were in your 30s and 40s, paying 6.2% of your income and pretty much knew you will never receive SS in your retirement years? This is how a lot of us feel! That we are supporting the elderly now with our hard-earned money, but no one will be doing the same for us down the road. Would you be happy about that 6.2% being taken out of your paycheck? Until you can satisfy me with some kind of changes to prove to me that SS will be there when I retire, I will still harp on SS needing to be changed/fixed/improved.
SS is completely separate in my mind from welfare checks. Welfare is taken out of the federal and state income taxes I pay...not the separate SS $ I pay. There is a way to reform Welfare (we did so in the 90s), there is a way for states to create standards for receiving Welfare. Any time we even talk about fixing SS, the retired get up in arms and squawk. They don't seem to give a damn about those of us who will see not one penny of SS if things continue the way they are.
Well of course I did pay SS for 50 years so I do know how you feel. I can remember the first payday at 15 years old having the payroll tax withheld and what a shock it was. I of course thought what I earned was mine. I spent those 50 years of work feeling like you do that I would rather have the money then some distant monthly check. In fact if the SS office wants to pay me what they withheld plus interest all those years I would take it and they never have to worry about me again. BUT we made a contract and I kept my part of the contract. During those 50 years the federal government took money from the SS system, took trillions. By my estimate they owe the SS system about $4 trillion and I believe that now they want to skip on that debt. Contrary to what we are told SS is not broke and if they returned the money they too from the system it would never be broke.
Fixing SS is easy. Pay everyone according to what the put into the system. What the government isn't telling you is there have been millions of people who were paid by SS who never put a penny into the system. And there are millions of people who are paid by SS who put very little into the system, Our politicians have used SS as a welfare system to reward those who might vote for them. It should be run like an annuity using standard accounting practices and then it would never run out of money.
I do think SS should be reformed and I would welcome it, however I have no doubt that the politicians would make it worse. The money put into it should be in an account with your name on it just like a 401k or IRA.
I only disagree with one thing you said and that is that you believe it is the retired people that get up in arms and squawk and I don't think that is true. I think what happens is the Democrats exploit anyone foolish enough to suggest a change to SS and use the media to drum up the issue. Generally it is not us retired people who get up in arms and squawk because all of the proposed changes don't affect us they are for the younger people on SS. So I really don't think it is we retired people who are preventing meaningful changes.
Social Security has NO money because the Congress wanted the money to hand out for votes. The account is full of IOUS, and they are still borrowing .46 out of every dollar spent. When you send the IRS 6.2% of whatever you earn, they spend almost 12% immediately. So, how long can this go on? Eventually, it falls apart. The math doesn't work and they know it doesn't, even if the Government won't admit it. They just gotta get the guns first.