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  •  That ain't the half of it. (6+ / 0-)

    Not only is an upper income worker going to live 35% longer and therefore draw out 35% more from SS just because of that, he is also going to draw out at a higher rate.  His widow is going to live far longer than he (10 yrs more) and far longer than her lower income cousin, drawing survivor benefits for far longer.  And if the primary recipient gets himslef a nice new wife of 20 something when he is in  his fifties, she is going to claim survivor benefits for 4 decades more.  LIFT THE CAP.  

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    by SGWM on Sun Dec 02, 2012 at 10:11:42 AM PST

    •  Maybe it's time to review the advantages (2+ / 0-)
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      brook, SGWM

      that are given to married people.  

      Maybe people should collect social security on the merits of the work that they have done, rather than on the work their spouse has done.   Likewise there should be some equalization for job and wage discrimination.

      A woman that's raised four kids for her husband and cared for her and her husbands aging parents and kept them all from being a burdon on society should get a nice retirement.  

      A spouse that never worked outside the home, and never worked inside the home, either, should probably draw less, regardless of marital status.

      My mother worked outside the home at a demanding job so her kids could go to college, and also worked at home, very hard.  She was up at 4:30, went to bed after 11:00, and was also a contributor to the community.
        My dad worked hard, but I don't think as hard as she did.
      I was shocked at how little SS she eventually drew.

      Something a little more fair should be in order.  

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