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To: AzJohn
"But witnesses and lawmakers said the law still allows an illegal Mexican immigrant to earn credits in the United States then return to Mexico and receive benefits from the U.S. government, since he would then be living legally in his home nation."

What "witnesses"?

"The money you and I pay into Social Security doesn't belong to us. It funds the retirement of current retirees. We do this in the expectation that future generations will fund our retirement."

I can't believe I just read that.

Taciturn acceptance of socialism as an explanation for government in FR...never thought I'd see the day.

37 posted on 12/03/2003 1:56:37 PM PST by Luis Gonzalez (The Gift Is To See The Trout.)
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To: Luis Gonzalez
But witnesses and lawmakers said the law still allows an illegal Mexican immigrant to earn credits in the United States then return to Mexico and receive benefits from the U.S. government, since he would then be living legally in his home nation.

What "witnesses"?

I don't know who made the specific point in that paragraph. In the Washington Times article, Barbara D. Bovbjerg, director of education, workforce and income-security issues for the GAO and John Hostettler, the subcommittee chairman, are both quoted as including illegal immigrants when considering the effect of the agreement.

Taciturn acceptance of socialism as an explanation for government in FR...never thought I'd see the day.

I'm just describing the Social Security system, not advocating it. It is not structured as a private pension plan. When we contemplate changes we have to consider the merit of the claim and also consider how much we want future generations to be taxed.

42 posted on 12/03/2003 6:43:31 PM PST by AzJohn
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