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  •  Maybe wealthy boomers. (0+ / 0-)

    I know way too many people who can only dream of retiring now, and way too many people who are "independent" because they can't find jobs.

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

    by dinotrac on Fri Dec 07, 2012 at 08:00:22 AM PST

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    •  Some people have no choice (2+ / 0-)
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      If  not wealthy. They can't find a job that they can do at their age and they are eligible for social security.

      •  social security (1+ / 0-)
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        The original safety net--one that angry white men will now learn to appreciate.

        Apres Bush, le deluge.

        by melvynny on Fri Dec 07, 2012 at 08:16:20 AM PST

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        •  The already appreciate it (1+ / 0-)
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          They accept it gladly and would scream if it were cut. But for some reason lots of them vote for guys who want to cut, gut or even eliminate it. For all the people who say that S.S. is "bankrupting us", I've yet to hear of one who turned his or her check back to the Treasury to reduce the deficit.

          •  I can think of several reasons why that might (1+ / 0-)
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            be true.

            Start with the fact that SS doesn't pay a lot of money to people who are median wage or above, especially in light of money paid in over a lifetime of work.

            But that might be secondary to the fact that we tend to accumulate children and grandchildren as we get older, and hope that they do well in their lives.

            Democrats tend to poo-poo any notion that SS could ever be in fiscal trouble -- worse, they like to point out that bankruptcy can be avoided simply by cutting benefits.  Given that benefits are not enormous in the first place, that is not a comforting mantra.

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

            by dinotrac on Fri Dec 07, 2012 at 08:30:04 AM PST

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