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  •  It isn't adequate. (0+ / 0-)

    No one can retire on Social Security. It is at best a supplement. The myth is that people can pay in and have a retirement plan vouchesafed.

    If the goal is providing a retirement safety net, then Social Security as it is fails.

    "I'm not bad. I'm just drawn that way."-Jessica Rabbbit

    by Common Cents on Fri Sep 03, 2010 at 04:30:56 AM PDT

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    •  My hubby and I can retire (0+ / 0-)

      on SS, as we've arranged our life in such a way as to do that. SS is there to ensure that our parents and grandparents aren't destitute after a lifetime of work, don't have to live with the kids until they die, and/or aren't dying on the streets or living on cat food.

      People who have spent their lives amassing money will have extra retirement income (if it wasn't stolen by Wall Street) so they'll have lots of 'mad money' in their old age. They'll have SS too as the bottom-line buffer just as it is for everyone else. What's wrong with that?

      Until and unless this country starts taking seriously its social obligations - and that is never going to happen in my lifetime - then SS, Medicare, Medicaid, food stamps, WIC and other such minimalist programs that keep us from tripping over dead bodies on the way to work every day are all we've got. It's okay to say it's not good enough, but there's absolutely NO EXCUSE to gut any of those programs now in hopes of something better in somebody else's future.

      Now, more than ever, we need the Jedi.

      by Joieau on Fri Sep 03, 2010 at 07:13:49 AM PDT

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