At the end of a barrel of a gun we and our employers were forced to pay into social security. In return we received a promissory note saying that when we were too old to work and compete in the job market all that extorted money would be returned to us. It is not an 'entitlement' as the word is so casually thrown around. It's our money.
Social security has worked well enough. Our parents and grandparents benefited. It has kept so many of them from being thrown out into the street.
Admittedly the bloated bureaucratic SS administration needs some adjustment. Ever try to deal with them for an elderly person who is unable to? There are also a great number of people who have played the system to gain unwarranted disability but there are more who actually are disabled and still alive today because of the benefits. A caring society should expect a 'safety net' for those truly unfortunate. For those who say it's not the government's responsibility to take care of everyone, I say end the illegal income tax on our labor and we'll see what we can do to take care of our own.
What is usually missing from this debate is the untold trillions spent on killing. The lies of war for profit take precedent over the common folks. Trillions missing from the Pentagon. Trillions also going into the coffers of Wall Street and the Federal Reserve and the 1% at the top of money chain. They want us to pay for it. They also want many of us, the useless eaters, to die.
The plan for complete control requires the destruction of the middle class. Gutting social security moves that plan on down the road. A helpless, hungry society is a slave society.
The con is that reducing social security payments by the people is a 'tax holiday' that will stimulate the economy. Everyone loves tax relief, right? Combine the reduction in revenues with permanent high unemployment causing even less revenues and you create the perfect storm for speeding up the call for the end of social security. We can't afford it they will say.
Thieves steal. That's what they do. It's no different from the train robberies of bygone days except the criminals wear high end suits and use electronic transfers while the bought politicians run interference. In all probability they have also stolen the physical gold reserves.
As always, it's done with a gun to our heads. You know the story. It's tiresome to keep repeating it.
The only question left is ...
Are we going to do anything about it?