The right wing has been attacking and campaigning against Social Security for a very long time. They have managed to poison the political well and convince some younger people NOT to support SS reform since they themselves will never get it. So then young people turn against SS and elect whack job extremists who refuse to do the necessary things like pop the cap and tax the higher earners to save it. And if they succeed and manage to convince a majority, then the system eventually does really run aground because of a lack of money that helped deny.
It becomes a self fulfilling prophecy which they helped engineer.
The "dumbness" is not in the analogy but in the failure of others to recognize what is actually afoot in the land.
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There are two novels that can change a bookish fourteen-year old's life: The Lord of the Rings and Atlas Shrugged. One is a childish fantasy that often engenders a lifelong obsession with its unbelievable heroes, leading to an emotionally stunted, socially crippled adulthood, unable to deal with the real world. The other, of course, involves orcs.... John Rogers
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I'd prefer to get some kind of return on the money I've already thrown into the system, but the price of opting out entirely was to forgo the benefits I've already acrued, I'd do it.
Slipping into madness is good for the sake of comparison - Unknown.
Am I willing to give my my Social Security?
Um, well, are we talking about the Social Security I'll never see a dime of?
Kinda hard to give up what you're never gonna get to begin with.
Definitely not giving up his winning lotto ticket, or his pot of leprechaun gold.
I'm already gearing up for Finger Vote 2014.
Just for reference, means my post was a giant steaming pile of sarcasm.
I am seventy but I was given the option of leaving Social Security in 1966 and I did.
Fortunately, I also had a few decades of private employment under my belt, or I'd be up a brown creek without a paddle now.