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  •  yup...FICA is a regressive model (2+ / 0-)
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    for funding pensions, anyway, hitting the lowest earners hardest.

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    by Cedwyn on Thu Dec 27, 2012 at 08:56:59 AM PST

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    •  On the other hand, it does provide low-income (1+ / 0-)
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      earners with the best bang for the buck, should they live to collect it.

      I can't remember the specifics, but the benefit rate relative to earnings goes from something like 90% for those at the low end of the scale to about 15% of those at the high end of the scale but still at or below the social security cutoff.

      As per usual, middle class Americans get relatively screwed in the deal.

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      by dinotrac on Thu Dec 27, 2012 at 09:02:07 AM PST

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