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Sun Mar 10, 2013, 03:57 PM

25. There is nothing wrong with Social Security.

And while we are at it, don't touch my Social Security.

The US government owes us seniors the money. It has to pay it. That's all there is to it. If the US government owes money to Boeing, it has to pay it. If it owes money to Citibank, it has to pay it. If it owes money to the Social Security Trust Fund it has to pay it.

You don't seem to understand that the people on Social Security who don't pay most of their benefits in taxes would have to go on food stamps and get subsidized housing if it weren't for Social Security. Social Security just keeps seniors above the poverty line. That is all it does. And those who have more and don't really need Social Security pay the same taxes as everyone else.

Ending Social Security would probably cost more in the costs of administering things like food stamps and subsidized housing for seniors than it would save. Forget it. Social Security is here to stay because it makes sense if for no other reason. And it is here to stay at its present levels because that level is just barely high enough to prevent large numbers of seniors from falling below the poverty line.

In fact, many, many seniors get so little Social Security and have no other income that they are living below the poverty line and are getting other forms of assistance.

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