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Now It's Time for the Entitlement Cliff

BETTY383 Wrote: Jan 01, 2013 8:28 AM
To jroat: I never heard it said better. I get so upset when they keep repeating SS as entilement. Plus the fact it was the Democrats that removed the money for them to spend. Your ideas are fabulous and I would give my life to see your idea implimented.
Frank391 Wrote: Jan 01, 2013 9:34 AM
The problem is libs have perverted the language. People who paid into SS are entitled to get their money back. They earned it, it is theirs. Welfare on the other hand is not an entitlement. Nobody is entitled to somebody elses money. But poorgranchildren.com2 is right, the whole program is a ponzi scheme.
jrobson Wrote: Jan 01, 2013 10:03 AM
I wish they had a "like" button on these blogs.
Stanpauley Wrote: Jan 01, 2013 10:32 AM
While I agree in principal with your comment, I still wonder what people would think of receiving social security payments UNTIL they receive back what they put in plus some amount of interest for the time their money was invested much like an investment. Call it forced savings. Of course, under this plan, many would not get much back.
gellzey Wrote: Jan 01, 2013 12:15 PM
Yup. I've been wishing that too.
Kurt114 Wrote: Jan 01, 2013 1:35 PM
Ditto. You get back from social security what you and your spouse paid in, plus reasonable interest, and nothing more. It will never happen, because it reeks of personal responsibility.

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