Let's see... When it started the recipients paid nothing.
In 1950 there were 16 people paying for every recipient.
Today it is 3.
Baby Boomers started retiring this year.
This is a Ponzi/Madoff Scheme that is going to go bust.
Reality is a pisser.This system looks to be in good shape even beyond 2012. Unfortunately, in 2016, it will start to deteriorate. At that time, the program’s expenses will begin to exceed its revenues. One cause of this is the aging of the “Baby Boomer” population, in which a great many retirees will become eligible for benefits at the same time. This generation is also expected to live longer than previous ones, resulting in the need for continued benefits.
Will Social Security Really Fail after 2012? Part 1 - S. Kay Dansby Social Security Disability Law Blog on Lawyers.com
Welcome to reality.
I hope you aren't banking on government to be there for you. If so... get used to asking... paper or plastic?
Haymarket... are you a "progressive"?