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  •  first thing? (8+ / 0-)

    to really educate all of us on Social Security: how it is funded and how it relates (or doesn't) to deficits.

    there are a few simple things to make concrete and then encourage people to really analyze why politicians link the cutting of social security benefits to deficits and fiscal soundness.

    until we do this and do it concretely and clearly and with some brevity, then all the opposition to it is half again harder to sell.

    i know an old friend from grade school... educated but he really and truly believes that SS benefits will crash the gov't because it is (and i quote) an unfunded entitlement.

    •  People still don't get the special bonds (9+ / 0-)

      The only way that social security won't be funded is if the government defaults on the special bonds issued.  That has never happened in our history.  If it ever did, it would be financially as destructive as defaulting on a treasury bill.  There would be a world wide economic panic.  So, it won't happen unless the asshole right wingers force it to happen by not allowing the government to pay off it's bills.

      "The real wealth of a nation consists of the contributions of its people and nature." -- Rianne Eisler

      by noofsh on Tue Dec 18, 2012 at 09:09:03 AM PST

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      •  even that explanation is a bit of a vacuum... (1+ / 0-)
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        what does it mean? special bonds? you see, my grade school friend would use this a proof that SS will crash the gov't and is a program we can't afford... even though we have paid for this money out of every paycheck.

        do you see what i mean? it isn't the special bonds as much as why the gov't issued them... how our money is represented in those interesting bearing bonds... and how the SS trust fund is managed.

         

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