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The Federal Government Hands Out Money To 128 Million Americans Every Month
TEC ^ | 01/12/2013 | Michael Snyder

Posted on 01/13/2013 5:59:01 AM PST by SeekAndFind

The Federal Government Hands Out Money To 128 Million Americans Every Month

By Michael, on January 10th, 2013

The Federal Government Hands Out Money To 128 Million Americans Every MonthThe number of Americans receiving money directly from the federal government has grown from 94 million in the year 2000 to over 128 million today. A shocking new research paper by Patrick Tyrrell and William W. Beach contains that statistic and a whole bunch of other very revealing numbers. According to their research, the federal government hands out money to 41.3 percent of the entire population of the United States each month. Overall, more than 70 percent of all federal spending goes to what they call "dependence-creating programs". It is the most massive wealth redistribution scheme in the history of the world, and it continues to grow at a very rapid pace with each passing month. But can we really afford this? Of course we never want to see a single person go without food to eat or a roof to sleep under, but can the federal government really afford to support 128 million Americans every month? If millions more Americans keep jumping on to the "safety net" each year, how long will it be before it breaks and it is not there for anyone? The federal government is already drowning in debt. This year the U.S. national debt will easily blow past the 17 trillion dollar mark and we are rapidly heading toward financial oblivion. We are stealing more than 100 million dollars from our children and our grandchildren every single hour of every single day with no end in sight. If we don't get our finances in order as a nation, what will the end result be?

According to Tyrrell and Beach, federal spending on entitlement programs has been rising more than 6 times as fast as population growth has in recent years...

Between 1988 and 2011, spending on dependence-creating federal government programs has increased 180 percent versus “only” a 62 percent increase in the number of people who are enrolled in federal government programs, and a 27 percent increase in the population. Not only are more people enrolled in government programs than ever before, but more US taxpayer dollars are being spent on each recipient every year.

But even though the numbers that Tyrrell and Beach present in their paper are incredibly shocking, the truth is that they have probably underestimated the true scope of government dependence in America today. Just consider the following numbers...

Food Stamps

Back in the year 2000, there were about 17 million Americans on food stamps. That number has exploded to more than 47 million today.

Medicaid

If you can believe it, today more than 70 million Americans are on Medicaid, and it is being projected that Obamacare will add 16 million more Americans to the Medicaid rolls.

Social Security

Right now, there are more than 53 million Americans on Social Security, and that number is projected to absolutely explode as huge waves of Baby Boomers retire in the coming years.

Medicare

As I wrote about in a previous article, the number of Americans on Medicare is expected to grow from 50.7 million in 2012 to 73.2 million in 2025.

And those are only four examples of government programs that have seen their numbers explode in recent years. There are so many more that could be mentioned. Overall, the federal government runs nearly 80 different "means-tested welfare programs", and almost all of them are experiencing explosive growth.

So is the "128 million" figure that Tyrrell and Beach have come up with actually too low? I believe that it is. But in any event, nobody can deny that the "welfare state" in the U.S. has absolutely mushroomed in size since the turn of the century.

According to one recent poll, 55 percent of all Americans say that they have received money from a safety net program run by the federal government at some point in their lives. We are a nation that has become very comfortable leaning on Uncle Sam for help.

And poor people from all around the globe see how good things are here and they are eager to get a seat at the table. In a previous article, I talked about a federal government website ("WelcomeToUSA.gov") that actually teaches new immigrants how to apply for welfare once they are able to get into the United States.

Will we all eventually becoming dependent on the government? If that happens will we still be free men and women?

Once someone is dependent on the government, they become forced to do what the government tells them to do in order to survive. If we all eventually become dependent on the federal government, how much power will that give them over us?

That is something to think about.

Another thing to ponder is how the U.S. middle class is rapidly disappearing.

There will always be poor people, and we should always take care of them, but what we should be truly alarmed about is how the middle class in America has been dramatically shrinking in recent years.

One of the biggest reasons why so many Americans are applying for government assistance these days is because there simply aren't enough jobs for everyone. Politicians from both political parties have fully embraced the one world "free trade" economic agenda of the global elite, and as a result millions of our jobs are being shipped out of the country. Big corporations can either choose to pay U.S. workers a living wage with benefits, or they can choose to set up shop on the other side of the globe where it is legal to pay workers slave labor wages with no benefits. Plus there are much fewer taxes and regulations to deal with typically on the other side of the globe.

As long as this nation pursues this "one world economic agenda", there will never be enough jobs in the United States ever again. Chronic unemployment will become the new normal. Our formerly great manufacturing cities will continue to degenerate into gang-infested war zones.

Apologists for the current system continue to insist that the answer is "more education", but the truth is that government dependence is even exploding among those with advanced degrees. The following is a brief excerpt from a recent article on The Chronicle Of Higher Education...

People who don't finish college are more likely to receive food stamps than are those who go to graduate school. The rolls of people on public assistance are dominated by people with less education. Nevertheless, the percentage of graduate-degree holders who receive food stamps or some other aid more than doubled between 2007 and 2010.

During that three-year period, the number of people with master's degrees who received food stamps and other aid climbed from 101,682 to 293,029, and the number of people with Ph.D.'s who received assistance rose from 9,776 to 33,655, according to tabulations of microdata done by Austin Nichols, a senior researcher with the Urban Institute. He drew on figures from the 2008 and 2011 Current Population Surveys done by the U.S. Census Bureau and the U.S. Bureau of Labor.

After reading that, does anyone still believe that "more education" is the answer to our problems?

What we need is more jobs, and lots of them. Unfortunately, our politicians continue to pursue policies that absolutely kill American jobs.

So the number of Americans that are forced to turn to the government for assistance will continue to grow, as will our national debt.

Sadly, most Americans still don't realize what is happening. Most of them are still listening to those in the mainstream media that are insisting that everything is going to be just fine.

For example, the most famous economic journalist in the country, Paul Krugman of the New York Times, recently wrote that the deficit crisis has been "solved"...

True, there are projected problems further down the road, mainly because of the continuing effects of an aging population. But it still comes as something of a shock to realize that at this point reasonable projections do not, repeat do not, show anything resembling the runaway deficit crisis that is a staple of almost everything you hear, including supposedly objective news reporting.

So you heard it here first: while you weren’t looking, and the deficit scolds were doing their scolding, the deficit problem (such as it was) was being mostly solved.

Oh really?

I don't know how in the world Paul Krugman can get paid to write such nonsense, but the truth is that our government debt problems are only just beginning.

In a previous article, I explained that the unfunded liabilities of the federal government are growing so rapidly that we could not cover them even if we raised the highest tax rate to 100%...

According to Chris Cox and Bill Archer, two men who served on Bill Clinton's Bipartisan Commission on Entitlement and Tax Reform, there is no way in the world that we could raise taxes high enough to pay for all of the obligations that we are currently taking on. They say that even if we taxed all corporations and all individuals at a 100% tax rate on all income over $66,193, "it wouldn't be nearly enough to fund the over $8 trillion per year in the growth of U.S. liabilities."

Yes, Paul Krugman, we do have a spending problem. Even if Bill Gates gave every single penny of his fortune to the federal government, it would only cover the U.S. budget deficit for about 15 days. We simply cannot go on spending money like this.

If anyone out there believes Paul Krugman and is convinced that the federal government is no longer facing a massive debt problem, please read this article: "55 Facts About The Debt And U.S. Government Finances That Every American Voter Should Know".

But if we can't afford to do all of this spending, then why are we doing it?

Well, it is because there are a whole lot of people out there that are really hurting. Poverty in the U.S. is absolutely exploding, and the gap between the wealthy and the poor has grown to unprecedented heights.

According to a recent article posted on Economy In Crisis, the bottom 60 percent of all Americans only own 2.3 percent of all the financial wealth in the nation combined.

That is astounding.

If you live in a wealthy area of the country, you may look around and things may look really good to you. But in many other areas of the country things are worse than they have ever been in the post-World War II era. For the first time ever, more than a million public school students in the United States are homeless. That number has risen by 57 percent since the 2006-2007 school year.

Can you imagine that? We have over a million kids that are attending our public schools that do not have a home to go back to at night.

Our economy desperately needs more jobs, but we just continue to lose more of them. On Thursday, it was announced that American Express is eliminating 5,400 more jobs. More announcements like this come out just about every day now. 65 percent of all Americans expect 2013 to be a year of "economic difficulty", and there aren't a whole lot of reasons to be optimistic about things at this point.

When you lose your job, it can feel like your entire life is falling apart. The competition for jobs is absolutely fierce, and a lot of workers have fallen through the cracks. In this rough economic environment, there are millions of Americans that have never been able to put the pieces of their lives back together. A recent CNN article profiled a 42-year-old woman up in Oregon named Lynette who has had her life totally turned upside down by unemployment...

I'm a single mom with a son in high school.

Three years ago, I was laid off from a job working at a propane company. I had just gotten back on my feet after battling breast cancer, then cervical cancer, but the economy tanked, and I was the first to go.

I am now 42, and the cancer is gone. But it appears my employability is also gone.

She used to work in a position that helped others find government assistance, but now she is the one who has been forced to seek it...

Before I was diagnosed with cancer, I worked for the state of Oregon and was the number one service manager for the Department of Human Services. My job was to help low income families find work and get food stamps and insurance. Now, I cannot even get a job at McDonalds, and I'm the one living on social assistance.



TOPICS: Business/Economy; Government; Society
KEYWORDS: fed; government; welfare

1 posted on 01/13/2013 5:59:09 AM PST by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

Other than the money the fed prints or borrows they have no money. They hand out 128 million every month of other peoples money.


2 posted on 01/13/2013 6:02:38 AM PST by Fzob (In matters of style, swim with the current; in matters of principle, stand like a rock. Jefferson)
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To: SeekAndFind

“What we need is more jobs, and lots of them.”

Fairtax


3 posted on 01/13/2013 6:04:19 AM PST by listenhillary (Courts, law enforcement, roads and national defense should be the extent of government)
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To: SeekAndFind

IBTBIEIC

“In before the ‘But I Earned It’ Conservatives”


4 posted on 01/13/2013 6:05:05 AM PST by RFEngineer
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To: SeekAndFind

Government hands out money to 41.3 percent of the entire population.
How odd that’s the same amount of critters that voted for the emperor.


5 posted on 01/13/2013 6:06:40 AM PST by Vaduz
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To: Vaduz

RE: How odd that’s the same amount of critters that voted for the emperor.

Actually 51% voted for the Emperor. If only 41.3% did, Romney would be president.


6 posted on 01/13/2013 6:13:00 AM PST by SeekAndFind
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To: Vaduz

All we need now is 30 million more illegals made leagal and all their relatives to really finish off the country.
Toughest fight we have ever been in.


7 posted on 01/13/2013 6:15:28 AM PST by rodguy911 (FreeRepublic:Land of the Free because of the Brave--Sarah Palin our secret weapon)
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To: RFEngineer

I agree, I hate those people. We should kick all those deadbeats off of welfare. I mean, i need it, because i suffer from seasonal depression so I can’t work so I really need my food stamps but everyone else is a loser


8 posted on 01/13/2013 6:26:43 AM PST by escapefromboston (manny ortez: mvp)
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To: RFEngineer

Yes, I’m collecting SS.
I’ve objected to the SS scheme all my working life. The government forced it on me.
What I wanted was required deductions but private system.
I figure I can collect about 12 yrs. to get back to money/principle I’ve ‘contributed’.
The problem is people collecting that have no business being on the program.
For starters require citizenship to collect.


9 posted on 01/13/2013 6:28:35 AM PST by Vinnie (A)
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To: Vinnie

“I figure I can collect about 12 yrs. to get back to money/principle I’ve ‘contributed’”

I assure you that you have contributed no “principle” to any government program


10 posted on 01/13/2013 6:32:10 AM PST by RFEngineer
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To: SeekAndFind

Oh goody. We’re almost there. /s


11 posted on 01/13/2013 6:33:54 AM PST by KGeorge (hoplophobia: n. irrational, morbid fear of guns. A mental disorder coined by Col. Jeff Cooper)
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To: Vinnie

I’m sorry to inform you of this, but you have no right to recover your contributions to Social Security. Social Security is a massive entitlement scheme and unless it’s eliminated, it will bankrupt America. Social Security is no different from any of other public welfare schemes forced onto the American taxpayer.


12 posted on 01/13/2013 6:35:21 AM PST by dinodino
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To: Vinnie

I once worked out my SS, starting at $15 when I was fourteen, with the gains/losses of the S&P 500 for each year if I had been forced to invest by the Feds. I used the yearly SS summary that they gave me. If my employer had been forced to give the same ‘contribution’ my total at 66 would have been about 4,000,000 bucks. Talk about stealing? How many Kennedys did my money elect?


13 posted on 01/13/2013 6:43:25 AM PST by Safetgiver ( Islam makes barbarism look genteel.)
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To: RFEngineer

IATBIEIC.

Sadly, so.


14 posted on 01/13/2013 8:02:35 AM PST by JCBreckenridge (Texas is a state of mind - Steinbeck)
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To: Safetgiver

You already received that money in benefits and government spending. There is no ‘lockbox’. You aren’t ‘collecting what you put in’.

What is happening - is that you’re stealing the money that young people make working. If it was wrong to do to you, why is it right for you to do the same to others?


15 posted on 01/13/2013 8:13:25 AM PST by JCBreckenridge (Texas is a state of mind - Steinbeck)
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To: JCBreckenridge

Ponzi scheme. Unfettered.

Why not raise the age to 75 or 80 vs. 65 for anyone 50 or under, like me?

Make the benefits equal the anticipated lifespans, like insurance companies do via actuary tables?

Why give SSI to every third worker that hits our shores?

One day, I hope there is justice for all the Governments self-serving lies, failure and theft. I just think it will be after my last breath vs. having Reid and every other politician facing Death Row for their deceit.


16 posted on 01/13/2013 8:26:58 AM PST by wac3rd (Somewhere in Hell, Ted Kennedy snickers....)
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To: SeekAndFind

The author of the article has his head firmly planted in his fourth-point-of-contact. Social Security, Medicare/Medicaid are NOT entitlements. Working people are forced to pay into these programs at the point of a gun. FedGov itself is to blame for the majority of the problems they are experiencing.


17 posted on 01/13/2013 10:39:47 AM PST by Sarajevo (Don't think for a minute that this excuse for a President has America's best interest in mind.)
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18 posted on 01/13/2013 10:46:52 AM PST by narses
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To: Sarajevo

If it wasn’t an entitlement, why are they forcing people to pay into it?


19 posted on 01/13/2013 11:36:25 AM PST by JCBreckenridge (Texas is a state of mind - Steinbeck)
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To: dinodino

LOL, what an idiotic post.


20 posted on 01/13/2013 12:13:45 PM PST by ansel12 (Cruz said "conservatives trust Sarah Palin that if she says this guy is a conservative, that he is")
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To: rodguy911

Yes the gubment opened the flood gates.


21 posted on 01/13/2013 2:56:05 PM PST by Vaduz
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To: SeekAndFind

But wasn’t 10% union double votes?.


22 posted on 01/13/2013 2:58:04 PM PST by Vaduz
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To: ansel12

Which part do you disagree with? What I posted is fact.


23 posted on 01/13/2013 5:06:37 PM PST by dinodino
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To: Sarajevo

They are indeed entitlements. You just don’t want to admit it because you happen to personally like these entitlements.


24 posted on 01/13/2013 5:08:19 PM PST by dinodino
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To: dinodino

No, what you said is an idiotic opinion, but I am glad that after 50 to 55 years of being forced to pay your income into the mandatory collection portion of the program, that you will refuse to accept any of it back.


25 posted on 01/13/2013 5:25:20 PM PST by ansel12 (Cruz said "conservatives trust Sarah Palin that if she says this guy is a conservative, that he is")
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To: ansel12

I expect nothing back, and furthermore, I hope for the sake of my country that the system no longer exists by then.


26 posted on 01/13/2013 6:02:03 PM PST by dinodino
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To: dinodino

The important thing is that you vow to us that you will never accept any of your money back.

That you will faithfully comply with the law and that for 55 years you will pay up to 15% of your annual income, but when the day comes for when they ask you which address to start sending your checks to, that you refuse to accept any of it, and tell them to just keep it.


27 posted on 01/13/2013 6:52:28 PM PST by ansel12 (Cruz said "conservatives trust Sarah Palin that if she says this guy is a conservative, that he is")
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To: ansel12

Well, you look me up in four decades and you can see if I am living off my own investments, or a check from Uncle Sugar. It won’t be the latter.


28 posted on 01/13/2013 7:00:29 PM PST by dinodino
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To: dinodino

So you vow to us that you will never accept any of your money back?

That you will faithfully comply with the law and that for 55 years you will pay up to 15% of your annual income, but when the day comes for when they ask you which address to start sending your checks to, that you refuse to accept any of it, and tell them to just keep it?


29 posted on 01/13/2013 7:19:26 PM PST by ansel12 (Cruz said "conservatives trust Sarah Palin that if she says this guy is a conservative, that he is")
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To: ansel12

Did you mean to post the same thing twice? Yes, that’s what I said. Your wording indicates that you still don’t understand how Social Security operates: IT IS NOT YOUR MONEY.


30 posted on 01/13/2013 7:27:04 PM PST by dinodino
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To: dinodino

You didn’t say that you would refuse to accept the money, you merely said that you would be well off when you retired.

I pay 15% of my income to SS, I have been paying into SS for almost a half century, some of it is most definitely my money.

It is nice to know that you are vowing to not accept a penny from them, I hope you remember that in 40 years or so, and keep your word.


31 posted on 01/13/2013 7:37:05 PM PST by ansel12 (Cruz said "conservatives trust Sarah Palin that if she says this guy is a conservative, that he is")
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To: SeekAndFind

I recommend to all freepers that you find a way to get a monthly check from the government and get BACK some of the tax dollars you’ve flushed down the government toilet your whole working lives. Do it before the Democrat moochers gobble it all up. This is war. Forget about shame and pride - - the enemy certainly has. Don’t keep being their sucker.

It looks like the most popular scam going these days is SSDI. Are you losing your eyesight? Got arthritis? “Twisted your back”? Are you an alcoholic or a junkie? Are you simply “depressed”? There’s a good chance you can get a monthly check, and there are plenty of scumbag lawyers out there who are ready, willing, and able to help grease the skids for you. I hear it usually takes two application tries, but once those checks start rolling in, you’re cool forever.

And you can be proud of yourself for getting at least SOME of your wasted tax dollars back before the Democrat moochers got their filthy paws on it.


32 posted on 01/13/2013 7:51:54 PM PST by Lancey Howard
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To: ansel12

It is NOT your money. The courts have ruled as such. You may consider it your money because you have been forced to pay into the system, but you are dead wrong.


33 posted on 01/14/2013 4:46:11 AM PST by dinodino
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To: dinodino

Your opinion is why we can trust that you are vowing to never accept a penny, and that you will insist that they keep every penny that you have paid for 50/55 years, I know that we can count on you to remember that promise, 40 years from now.


34 posted on 01/14/2013 9:11:47 AM PST by ansel12 (Cruz said "conservatives trust Sarah Palin that if she says this guy is a conservative, that he is")
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To: ansel12

I trust that you yourself also are honorable enough not to accept any Social Security. Otherwise, you are part of the problem.


35 posted on 01/14/2013 9:15:47 AM PST by dinodino
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To: SeekAndFind

bkmk


36 posted on 01/14/2013 9:28:12 AM PST by AllAmericanGirl44 (Fluck this adminstration of misfits.)
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To: SeekAndFind
For example, the most famous economic journalist in the country, Paul Krugman of the New York Times,

"The most famous"?????????

What a load of crap.......

37 posted on 01/14/2013 9:37:03 AM PST by Osage Orange (MOLON LABE)
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To: dinodino

I’m still not clear of your vow, have you sworn to dutifully pay 15% of your income into a fund, and then after 50 years of doing that, refuse to accept any back?

Or are you just a young, shallow whiner who wants to play holier than thou, as he is 40 years away from that point?


38 posted on 01/14/2013 9:47:07 AM PST by ansel12 (Cruz said "conservatives trust Sarah Palin that if she says this guy is a conservative, that he is")
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To: ansel12

I will continue to pay into the massive failure called Social Security, until I am allowed to opt out. I will retire on my own money, not Social Security

From the sounds of it, you are part of the problem. You are one of the leeches who receives Social Security, claiming it’s your right and screaming bloody murder when anyone proposes killing your sacred cow. Am I right? I’d be ashamed if I were you.


39 posted on 01/14/2013 10:22:34 AM PST by dinodino
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To: dinodino

I support ending SS also.

So you are vowing to freerepublic that you will refuse to accept any social security money when the time comes in 40 years?

You won’t exactly promise that will you, at least you keep avoiding it so far.


40 posted on 01/14/2013 10:34:30 AM PST by ansel12 (Cruz said "conservatives trust Sarah Palin that if she says this guy is a conservative, that he is")
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To: ansel12

You are rather thick. I have said four times now I will retire on my money, not Uncle Sam’s. For you and your friends in Rio Linda, that means I will not accept Social Security.

Now, your turn: do you receive Social Security? Will you refuse SS in the future? If not, you are a hypocritical leech.


41 posted on 01/14/2013 10:40:11 AM PST by dinodino
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To: dinodino

I called your initial post idiotic and it is.

As a young, shallow guy, you want to go to people who have been paying up to 15% of their income for 50 or 55 years into a fund, and tell them they are hypocrites if now that they are in their 60s, and having been forced to give up all that investment income for their entire lives, don’t now refuse it just as they are at the point to collect some of it.

No wonder the idiots of your age vote democrat while our age votes republican, you guys don’t think very well, but man do you have arrogance and ego to spare.


42 posted on 01/14/2013 10:49:16 AM PST by ansel12 (Cruz said "conservatives trust Sarah Palin that if she says this guy is a conservative, that he is")
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To: ansel12

You should be happy that young true conservatives like myself exist. You may not agree with Tea Party conservatives, but if enough if us get together, we could end up saving the Republic.

Nobody held a gun to your head and told you not to plan for your own future.


43 posted on 01/14/2013 12:50:47 PM PST by dinodino
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To: ansel12

You support ending Social Security, while collecting it at the same time?

The intellectual purity of your position is breathtaking.


44 posted on 01/14/2013 12:52:38 PM PST by dinodino
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To: dinodino

LOL, no your nonsense is breathtaking.

Someone can support phasing out a pension program, but not support forcing you to pay into it for your entire 50 year work life, and then just as you are ready to collect your first check, telling to you to refuse it, and just forget 50 years of 15% and let the government keep it all.

You are very breezy about saying that you are willing to do that, since you are 40 years away from actually doing so.

If this is your strategy to reform SS, by telling people at the end of 50 years to just let the government keep it all, then it is not very bright.

There is no intelligence to your weirdness.


45 posted on 01/14/2013 1:19:50 PM PST by ansel12 (Cruz said "conservatives trust Sarah Palin that if she says this guy is a conservative, that he is")
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To: ansel12

...and your refusal to acknowledge the economic position we are in is idiotic. America. Is. Out. Of. Money.

Your 15% is, regrettably, gone. Sorry about that. Better luck next time.


46 posted on 01/14/2013 1:45:25 PM PST by dinodino
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To: dinodino

None of that made sense, I don’t refuse acknowledging America’s economic position, and my 15% is still owed to me, and I expect to collect when I start receiving some of what I have been sending in.

If you have any interest in Social Security, then you need to start thinking on it, rather than making bizarre claims and telling people who are already collecting it, or close to it, that “”you have no right to recover your contributions to Social Security. “”

How is that a political strategy, or a plan, or useful in any conceivable way?


47 posted on 01/14/2013 2:11:50 PM PST by ansel12 (Cruz said "conservatives trust Sarah Palin that if she says this guy is a conservative, that he is")
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To: ansel12

Your 15% is not owed to you, and you have no right to recover any of the funds you have paid in. You may think you do, but the Supreme Court ruled otherwise, in Flemming vs. Nestor.

Any plan to restore America to solvency must necessarily include elimination of Social Security, along with other entitlements: EBT, SNAP, EITC, Medicare, and Medicaid, to name a few.


48 posted on 01/14/2013 3:36:10 PM PST by dinodino
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To: dinodino

Well, evidently your interest is in attacking people who are on SS, rather than doing anything about it.

Listening to a young insulting ding bat like you makes me eager to start collecting it, you make it hard for people who will be dead in a few years to care about you, and your distant future.


49 posted on 01/14/2013 4:50:36 PM PST by ansel12 (Cruz said "conservatives trust Sarah Palin that if she says this guy is a conservative, that he is")
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