Friday, August 26, 2011
Social Security will be history?
I think a lot of the righties and Independents who have decided Social Security is bad simply don't want to pay for it. They don't remember what it was like for oldsters before it came along. They weren't born then. They listen to fools like Marco Rubio who say it's taken away people's independence. *taking a deep breath to avoid screaming*
Rubio is a baby basically and he's listened to lies from the right as well as knows it's what the right want to hear. So he goes to Reagan's library and says what the right wing wants him to say-- SS has hurt American independence. I guess he only knows people who don't mind the elderly moving in with their family or maybe he thinks for an oldster to work all their lives is what independence means.
Here's the thing-- no pension system is any different than Social Security. They are the same thing. Government, corporate, whatever you want to call them. People pay into them for a future chance to not have to work when they get old. That was the whole idea and those who think it's not needed anymore either are counting on their own pension system to bail them out, or are too young to care and don't like the payroll tax (which Democrats seem determined to end making Social Security fail that much sooner).
There is an easy fix for SS if not for government pensions. With SS, just have everybody pay the tax on all their income. It would take care of the shortfall and then make sure that the country understands, it's not to the advantage of any to have old people in poorhouses or forced to live with family members who don't want them. Remember how it used to be or let me tell you for babies like Rubio.
Some elders would move from one house to another within the family and had no home of their own. Others moved in with one daughter's family. The ones without family faced a very bleak future with old folk homes and dependent on charity which Rubio likes the idea of a lot but it doesn't give independence.
Back then very few had the option of quitting working based on savings to maintain a home. That is why there became Social Security. It was not some evil plot of Democrats but came from evaluating a situation that Americans didn't want to see going on where the elderly were living in poverty unless they came from families that had left them a lot of money.
The photo at the top is of my great grandfather and grandmother. He died at 65, working still for mining companies in Deadwood, South Dakota. My great grandmother then forever after lived with her kids. Is that the future for America? Really, truly, that's what people like Rubio and Perry want so they can save people making over $120,000 a year from paying a payroll tax on all of their income? Truly?