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I've been warning about this for twenty years in national print. Only a fertility rate of 3.6 can save the system. But the actuaries confirm that it is too late, even if the FR goes to that or higher at once. Contraception and abortion killed the system forty years ago, and it's just taken forty years to show rigor mortis. Now we have to own up to the fact that SS payments are just another form of welfare, reform the tax system to roll up SS taxes into the general tax burden, and work out an alternative. Or, as I have suggested, cut current benefits for those who had fewer than 4 kids.
I may be missing something but I don't see the mockery, just an explanation.
Here's the real problem: between 1965 and1975 the fertility rate in the US fell out of bed (sorry!). It went from 3.6, a rate that would have supported SS indefinitely, to 1.8, a killer rate only slightly higher now. So now there's fewer payers and more takers. Thank you, Planned Parenthood. (end sarcasm font)
Come to my public school and sit in any of my chemistry classes. Spend some time with my senior research group. You might just change your mind a little about public education. It can be high-quality.
Darby, this Sunday is the Exaltation of the Most Holy Cross in the Catholic Church's calendar. Those of us who are members of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchar of Jerusalem, who support the Christian presence in the Land made Holy by Our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, by prayer and financial contributions, are active defenders of the Holy Cross of Christ. As St. Paul said, "In the cross of Christ I glory."
Folks down here in Texas are moping that Tesla decided to build its battery plant in Reno. But that presupposes that the electric car is an idea whose time has come. It is not, of course. Reno is taking a big gamble with whatever they had to give away to get the factory. But that, after all, is Nevada's business.
Good. Let's fly him over there and push him out of the aircraft without benefit of a parachute.
In response to:

Almost Half of America on Welfare

TexasResister64 Wrote: Aug 24, 2014 7:31 AM
Inquiring minds may be asking "How did Obamacare effect welfare numbers?" Of course it pushed it up. But it's spelled AFFECT, please, Mike. OMGcare changed welfare numbers, it did not cause welfare numbers, which were in place since the 1930s.
Also: "Eric Holder’s view that activism is beneficial necessary to be attorney general, underscores this administration’s perverse view of our civilian economy" is incoherent.
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