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#1 Social Security earnt? The letter I get annually from them informs me that unless I work eighteen more months, I will get nothing from Social Security when I reach retirement age. So everything taken from my paychecks has gone to support others without recompense. That I am promised some amount should I be widowed is a separate issue, and is expressly explained as not earnt.
Posted by trailing wife 2012-12-12 19:25||
#2 As many of you know I have a daughter with Down syndrome. When she turns 18, she will be automatically eligable for Social Security Disability so long as her income falls below a certain level. I'm frankly hoping that she *won't* qualify due to her own efforts (Cassidy is high functioning), but one never knows.
But has my daughter earned it? Is she morally entitled to it? No. As a society we have decided that certain individuals should recieve collective help. Hopefully we select such individuals for this on moral grounds - they were born with no arms, or have an incurable genetic disorder, or for some other reason cannot provide for themselves - but more often then not we select them on political grounds instead. It's sad, but typical, and will eventually be our undoing.
Posted by Secret Master 2012-12-12 20:26||
#3 Well said, Secret Master.
Posted by trailing wife 2012-12-12 20:51||
#4 Here, here. Great points, both of you.
Posted by Broadhead6 2012-12-12 20:58||
#5 this frog was pithed at birth
Posted by Frank G 2012-12-12 21:32||