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Now It's Time for the Entitlement Cliff

bushrat49 Wrote: Jan 01, 2013 1:18 PM
I am sick and tired of people trying to put the blame on people like me for the problems of this country. I have never owned slaves, massacred indians, and now if I collect Social Security it's my fault we have a debt problem? S.S. is NOT an entitlement program. I was forced to contribute under threat of incarceration for the last 46 years. The Federal government OWES Me! And I intend to collect every penny I can back from them. (Takes a deep breath, I'm ok now)
man of steel Wrote: Jan 01, 2013 5:33 PM
Additionally, our employers matched our contributions. That is money that we earned (because it was a cost of our employment) that was sent to the government. Most people today forget that part of the equation.
niki069a Wrote: Jan 01, 2013 2:00 PM
I agree S.S was a retirement fund that we paid into to be there for us when we retired. Thanks to the bums in Washington that start borrowing from our fund that its going south. They are the first class criminals not us and they are the cause of all these budget crisis we now face. We should assess their income to make up for the money they took (stole) away from us, anyone else would be in jail for a long time. Us retirees have to manage with whatever little we get, yet the down trodden as the saying goes get all the benefits and entitlements. Why are we forced to pay taxes on our measly pensions? Thanks to the Commander in-briefs Clinton who put a tax on S.S if anyone s income is over 25k, I'd like to see those buffoons live on that!

As the clock winds down on 2012, the Fiscal Cliff is all anyone seems capable of discussing. Right now it appears that some sort of narrow deal has just emerged that will include raising tax rates on family income over $450,000 a year, increasing the estate tax rate, extending unemployment benefits for one year, and delaying spending cuts.

But the prospect of higher taxes and the great uncertainty that has surrounded this fiscal fiasco has been acting like sand in the gears of the complex but sputtering U.S. economy. If additional taxes are not matched by real cuts in government...