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On the Road to Death Panels

Scrap Iron in Texas Wrote: Oct 15, 2012 8:09 AM
Wrong on several points. 1) Clinton was not the first to "raid" SS money. Go back to LBJ. How do you think the Great Society was paid for? 2) Maney paid in to SS has NEVER been the property of the payee Check out the Supreme Court Flemming v Nestod ( You are correct by stating those in DC have broken their trust with "We, the People".
J. Galt Wrote: Oct 15, 2012 9:07 AM
when created, SS began payout at age 65 when the life expectancy was 63. Today, the retired take ouf all they paid in after a few years, then live another 15-20 years. Of course I am speaking about the ones that lived here and paid in during their lives, not the ones who just arrived and then gained a free payout.

With the first presidential debate and the only vice-presidential debate behind us, it seems pretty clear that so-called "social issues" are not going to get much attention in this year's presidential politics.

It's unfortunate, I think. We deceive ourselves to permit the assumption that values and behavior are not the real drivers behind our economic problems.

The fiscal crisis of our entitlement programs is the direct result of these values and behavior.

The fiscal soundness of Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid is rooted in the assumption that those...