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Fewer Dollars and Babies Threaten Social Programs

Ken5061 Wrote: Feb 04, 2013 10:29 AM
Mr. Barone, workers do not pay for retirement and medical care for the elderly through medicare or Social Security. They pay, we all did, but it is not going for most elderly. Maybe some friends of Hillary or Nancy are getting benefitting from medicare but most elderly are not. Many people who defraud the program benefit, such as Castro as it turns out. Maybe medicare has been used as foreign aid to commies under the table. Well, it has but maybe intentionally. Social Security and Medicare have been morphed into welfare programs. Remember the Italian who got his $250 SS extra check before any of us and he had never worked here and had never lived here. His daughter asked why SSA was sending him $250 and sent it back, I think. Fraud.
Our major public policies are based on the assumption that America will continue to enjoy growth. Economic growth and population growth.

Through most of our history, this assumption has proved to be correct. These days, not so much.

Last week, the Commerce Department announced that the gross domestic product shrunk by 0.1 percent in the fourth quarter of 2012. And the Census Bureau reported that the U.S. birth rate in 2011 was 63.2 per 1,000 women age 15 to 44, the lowest ever recorded.

Slow economic growth and low population growth threaten to undermine entitlement programs like Social Security and Medicare....