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  •  future benefits are not a legal obligation (2+ / 0-)
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    JesseCW, wsexson

    as you helpfully pointed out. Therefore by your own definition, social security is solvent because it can meet its obligations.

    You might notice that most proposals for "fixing" social security propose -- wait for it -- cutting benefits.

    •  Please don't ascribe that to me. Political (0+ / 0-)

      weaseling is the work of politicians who work around the ordinary meaning of words so that they can lie to the rest of us without committing a technical falsehood.

      The whole "Social Security is not insolvent" meme is precisely that kind of political bullshit.

      LG: You know what? You got spunk. MR: Well, Yes... LG: I hate spunk!

      by dinotrac on Tue Apr 24, 2012 at 08:08:20 PM PDT

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      •  Really? You're arguing that Social (1+ / 0-)
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        Security cannot meet its current obligations?

        Nuclear weapons don't kill people, Harry Trumans kill people.

        by JesseCW on Tue Apr 24, 2012 at 09:31:24 PM PDT

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        •  In every way but the strict legal sense, yes. (0+ / 0-)

          Politicians (ahem, Democrats most heavily) have sold the public on the idea that Social Security will be there.

          We get these nifty little mailings every year about the benefits we will receive when we retire, based on what we've paid in.

          We are told the what happens if we retire early vs waiting til full retirement age.

          We are not told that it's all a lie.

          Until some idiot wants to argue that Social Security is solvent because it doesn't actually have to abide by all those mailings and all that advice.

          Smooth.

          LG: You know what? You got spunk. MR: Well, Yes... LG: I hate spunk!

          by dinotrac on Wed Apr 25, 2012 at 05:32:05 AM PDT

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