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  •  No, you are wrong. (none)
    You've bought the lie. It's not your fault, since it has been repeated loudly over and over since before you were born. But it's still a lie. Social Security is not broken. It will be there for you with full benefits when you retire -- if, and this is a big if -- greedy politicians are not permitted to steal the money it depends on.

    The "number of workers" argument tries to pretend that the people who adjusted it in the 80s (when it did need a minor fix) didn't even know the baby boomers existed -- or that they were going to retire. When you look at it that way, it's such an obvious absurdity, it's amazing anyone ever falls for it.

    When you are about 45, the system may, I say, may, need another minor tweaking so that it will be able to pay you fully when you retire. Or, depending on how the economy goes, it may be just fine. The time to do it is clearly then, not now -- and the way to do it is already obvious: raise the cap on contributions a bit, so that better-off people pay a little more. It won't need to be a big change.

    Don't fall for Bush's fake "crisis". There is no crisis, that's only flim-flam talk designed to distract everyone so they can plunder the fund.

    Massacre is not a family value.

    by Canadian Reader on Wed Jan 19, 2005 at 09:35:06 AM PST

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    •  What he said (none)
      When I was in my twenties, I, too believed that social security wouldn't be there for me when I was old enough to retire.  I considered it a tax I would never see a dime of again.  I also thought I'd never be that old.  :-)

      Well, I'm now in my forties, and retirement is not that far away.  And now I'm pretty sure social security will be there for me.  It will probably be there for you, too.  

      If that doesn't convince you...keep in mind the British experience.  Privatization was a disaster for them, and now even their conservatives are pushing for an American-style social security system.

      Protons have mass? I didn't even know they were Catholic.

      by randym77 on Wed Jan 19, 2005 at 10:22:27 AM PST

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