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  •  It's more like "75 years ago" (2+ / 0-)
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    AaronInSanDiego, fuzzyguy

    And why does your  thinking  that it's "40+" instead,  matter ?   What's 30 years between friends ?

    Well ... it suggests you don't know the first thing about the history or the intent of the social security program ... however expert you may be in the civil engineering of roads.

    And you're not all that up to date on your Constitutional Law either ...  Oh, do look at the 14th Amendment:

    The validity of the public debt of the United States, authorized by law, including debts incurred for payment of pensions and bounties for services in suppressing insurrection or rebellion, shall not be questioned.
    And then, there IS the Presidential veto of legislation.

    But, leaving all that aside for the moment ... maybe a rethink of the Social Security System IS in order.

    It has the form it has because  of the  Red Scare, it was utterly impossible in 1935 to even suggest that the United States ought to enact a "Prussian Socialist"  style old age pension scheme.

    So, the program had to be sold as
    1) a "forced savings" program     (which it is not)
    2)  NOT NOT NOT a "welfare" program

    So we got this system where low wage workers,  those who will need the most in their retirement, get the least when they can no longer work.

    Personally, I think a re-think of SSI as a form of Destitution Insurance, funded from general tax revenues, which will actually support a former Walmart worker  in old age would be a good idea

    But because so many of the American people  are as thoughtless, as they are ignorant,  as they are selfish..

    "Better the Devil we know"

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