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Social Security was created 40+ years ago during a different era.  People lived a shorter time back then and not everyone depended upon it.  There were such things as a pension and people actually retired at jobs instead of being fired.  

So I ask, is "touching Social Security" in any manner a bad thing?  Eventually, with the changing times, things need to be changed.  Imagine the roadway and how its changed over the years.  It started out with no speed limits and no lines.  Soon they painted lines, there was a speed limit, the police used radar and now laser to enforce the laws.  As people drove drunk the laws and enforcement changed again.  The road is still hard and black, but many things have changed over the years.  In that same way, Social Security needs to change with the times.

During the campaigns, you might have heard someone suggest that Social Security would be taken away, but as we all know thats just campaign talk.  I am of the opinion is that if the people want it then we have to have it, but if the current form is so self destructive that it self destructs and brings down the government then we need to manage it now and make the changes that need to be made.

There is an inconvenient truth about the debt of the nation.  Half of the debt is money lent from Social Security and in the event of a great panic Congress can legislate to forgive that debt.  They can waive debt which they have lent to themselves.  However, that would totally destroy the Social Security system.  

I woke up last night thinking my life is short.  My father died at age 71 and my grandmother at age 67.  Im not even certain if I will get to use Social Security.  What matters to me is not myself, but the future of my children and their children.  So if changes need to be made lets change it.

I dont speak in support or against any political party when I write this diary.  I speak as a matter of common sense.  If there is a problem, we should fix it now.  

Originally posted to michaelnodav on Thu Jan 03, 2013 at 05:42 AM PST.

Also republished by Social Security Defenders and Trolls.


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