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New Polls Highlight Uphill Deficit Battle

ClaireSolt Wrote: Jun 17, 2012 3:19 PM
People are mostly ignorant of how unfair the distribution of Social Security benefits is, I think. Tell then thaat the rich get many times what average and poor people get and watch them change their minds.
oldervoter68 Wrote: Jun 17, 2012 7:44 PM
The reality is that those that contribute on low wages will get a higher return than those that contribute the maximum. Sure, those contributing the max will have a higher SS payment, but it is a lower % of what they contributed. Ran the worksheet several years ago and can't find my copy, but a little research should prove this out.
JB in MS Wrote: Jun 17, 2012 6:00 PM
Wrong, Claire. The "rich" don't necessarily get more, people that had higher lifetime earnings (not by any means the same as those evil "rich" you demonize) get more, because they paid in more, probably meeting their annual max contribution most years. In reality, the difference between what a six-figure average earner gets in SS benefits and what some guy that averaged in the $35,000 range gets is not that much, usually a couple hundred a mointh or so.

As always, the rich pay in more than their fair share compared to what they get back from the federal govt - and no, I am by no means rich. I just believe in honesty and fair play and am very tired of this liberal bull*** about the people that pay most of the taxes in this country.
Marc_H Wrote: Jun 17, 2012 5:56 PM
hey skippy

social security as a retirement program is 100% unconstitutional
there is no federal power to create a retirement program in the Consititution

you sound like someone filled with envy
Duke Nuk'em Wrote: Jun 17, 2012 4:26 PM
Any proof? Or is this just the ramblings of a typical proglodyte?
Col Bat Guano Wrote: Jun 17, 2012 3:56 PM
"the rich get many times what average and poor people"

How much did those evil, nasty rich put into SS in constrast to what poor people put in? If that's how it's going to be, let me opt out now.
SteveL2 Wrote: Jun 17, 2012 6:45 PM
SS payroll tax is highly regressive.

SS payroll contributions are capped at the first $110,000 of income. Past that point, it doesn't matter if you make another $1,000 of income or another $10,000,000 of income: Your additional contributions are zero.
The Pew Research Center has long highlighted some of the difficulties that Republicans and Democrats have had in getting broad agreement on some of Washington's most pressing issues. In a piece released this week, Pew's President Andrew Kohut strung together a few graphs showing the American public's attitudes on reducing the deficit. It ain't pretty.

The reluctance to cut spending, or support tax increases, was foreshadowed by reaction to the sweeping recommendations issued in December 2010 by the Simpson-Bowles deficit commission created by President Obama. The commission had called for deep cuts in military and domestic spending,...