View Poll Results: Do you view social security is an entitlement that can be altered?

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    Re: Do you view Social Security as an entitlement?

    I regard it as a ponzi scheme I am forced to participate in that will collapse long before my time comes to be repaid. I regard it as the fool's retirement account, and I am disgusted that my step mother receives my father's checks although he has passed. If only I could opt out...
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    Re: Do you view Social Security as an entitlement?

    It's a bit more like a loan to the government that you may or may not get repaid on.

    I'm <30 years old, and I don't expect to see anything back from SS; this is why I'm saving and planning for my retirement on my own.

    So for me, it's just another tax which I may never benefit from.
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    Re: Do you view Social Security as an entitlement?

    Quote Originally Posted by SypherAL View Post
    Just curious as to how people view Social Security. I myself do NOT view it as an entitlement, considering its MY money I have been putting in the program for years and years. I dont believe Social Security should even be on the table for negotations leverage in debt debates. Curious to see how everyone else thinks.
    SS is a ponzi scheme not to mention politicians have spent every dollar contributed to it. I would be happy just to get back what I have paid in over the course of my life. I'm not holding my breath.

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    Re: Do you view Social Security as an entitlement?

    Quote Originally Posted by SypherAL View Post
    Just curious as to how people view Social Security. I myself do NOT view it as an entitlement, considering its MY money I have been putting in the program for years and years. I dont believe Social Security should even be on the table for negotations leverage in debt debates. Curious to see how everyone else thinks.
    I absolutely see it as an entitlement. IE, people believe they're "entitled" to that money. In theory you may be right in regards to your money. You'd be correct if the money you paid in was actually being set aside for you. However, it's not. Your money has been paying for OTHER peoples things. Its a percieved "promise" at best that you'd get "your money" back, but its in no way a guarantee. Social Security is absolutely an entitlement and the money you've been giving the government is no longer "yours". You're giving it with the hope that others later will be giving money that you'll end up getting.

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    Re: Do you view Social Security as an entitlement?

    Quote Originally Posted by Psychoclown View Post
    65 is not old. Most 65 year olds are perfectly capable of continuing to work for a living. We've just created a culture where 65 is "retirement age" and people expect the government to help take care of them for the rest of their lives. I could live with social security as it was originally intended - as old age insurance for those who beat the odds and lived past the average life expectancy. The problem we have is people who believe they are entitled to a 10, 15, or 20 year retirement where they do nothing but collect a check every month from the government, even if they never saved or invested a penny in their entire lives.


    I wonder how old you are ? are you 65 ? Just because someones alive doesnt mean they are capable of working...life expectancy is 76 that doesnt mean he can work at 76...I submit very few can still maintain a living wage job at 70....the full retirement age now is not 65...it is 67 right now to recieve full benefits....you can retire at 62 and you take a penalty.



    The eligibility age for SS (and its cousin, Medicare) needs to be raised north of 70 and it should be done quickly. Saving on five years (or more) worth's of payments to millions of seniors would help return the program to fiscal solvency. And the sooner we do it, the better.



    The problem with Social Security are compounded by disability social security that has 20 yr olds on up on it.....
    If a man dies and has 4 young kids..his wife collects his SS and his kids get SS till of age....if a man is married 10 times for over 2 yrs...ALL TEN <10> of his wives gets his social security. The fund has been robbed by democrats and republicans alike.....dont blame the seniors that were forced to pay into the system their entire lives....blame all the people that get disablity SS that work under the table and play tennis and dance all night..and the politicians that passed laws that screwed up SS and robbed it

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    Re: Do you view Social Security as an entitlement?

    Social Security is just a giant slush fund for Washington. End it.

    Pay off the people who paid in, and hang a giant "CLOSED" sign outside the SSA building.

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    Re: Do you view Social Security as an entitlement?

    Raise the elligable age to start receiving it to 67 for everyone over the age of 55 currently and 70 for everyone under the age of 55. Allow it to maintain as it currently does in regards to SS taxes for those older than 45 years of age. For those between 30 and 45 they have a choice to opt out of SS or stay as it normally is. Everyone under 30 years old is opted out automatically.

    The Employee and Business owners contribution to the SS tax for people who are Opted Out is half of whatever the normal rates is. So using current rates an "opted out" person would pay 2.1% with the employer paying 3.1%. Raise the cap from $106k to $200k.

    Those who have opted out are given the option of having a portion of their pay checks placed into a government backed savings account and that money is pretax. Money from that account can not be drawn upon until certain requirements are met regarding age, etc (similar to SS now). All money pulled from the account after that point is tax free.

    At such point that the last person that is drawing from SS dies the taxes upon those who have opted out are revoked and SS is gone.

    This would not harm seniors who are close to retirement now and who planned on SS. It gives those who have paid in for a significant amount of time a choice between keeping the entitlement benefits or getting out and keeping more of their own money. It also creates a situation will SS will eventually end. It also creates a way for the government to encourage people to invest in retirement without forcing them to do so. I would even be fine I think with 2% of a paycheck going into the savings account automatically and anything more being a choice by the individual.

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    Re: Do you view Social Security as an entitlement?

    Choosing to view it as an entitlement or not is irrelevant; it -is- an entitlement.

    SocSec outlays are just that - outlays. As such, they are on the table for deficit reduction.

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    Re: Do you view Social Security as an entitlement?

    Quote Originally Posted by Henrin View Post
    The money you put in is already gone and used by people by the time your time comes around for it. The service like any other entitlement is expected by everyone using it. Almost everyone gets by far more than they put in. The people with more money get less from it than they pay for it. The fact is it does everything every entitlement does. It was created for helping a group of people in hard times and not to fund the government or to protect rights or liberties. So yes, it is an entitlement.
    SS is not a hand out, you can label it any way you want to, under Reagan SS deductions were doubled to ensure that it would be there. It is not a program designed for hard times it is a retirement plan paid into like any other pension program. Monies may have been taken out of SS but treasurey notes were left. The governemnt "borrowed" from SS

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    Re: Do you view Social Security as an entitlement?

    Quote Originally Posted by SypherAL View Post
    Just curious as to how people view Social Security. I myself do NOT view it as an entitlement, considering its MY money I have been putting in the program for years and years. I dont believe Social Security should even be on the table for negotations leverage in debt debates. Curious to see how everyone else thinks.
    SS is an "earned benefit".
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    the vast majority of folks that need healthcare are on Medicare.. both rich and poor..

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