Social Security: Pricking the Ponzi Scheme Balloon
I try as often as possible to not only actually cruise through my blogroll (usually by hitting high points via RSS feeds, since there are soooo very many worthwhile reads out there), skim through news, google up (or otherwise search out) reads on the internet on topic that strike a momentary fancy and read a few books a week. The books can be fiction or non-fiction (which often means "reality-based fantasy" when reading an academica nut's view of history or politics), eBook or dead tree, new to me or pulled off a shelf or dug out of a box for a re-read. (Current book-of-the-day: an online html edition of Einstein Defiant: Genius versus Genius in the Quantum Revolution )
And then there's "real life"... which brings me back to my post's title that ties in very well with a brief article I recently read in Credenda Agenda (one I'd somehow missed on first reading of the issue it's in). Here's a taste. Speaking of the Social Security Administration,
Now, that's a moral and ethical challenge. One most people will fail to meet. I know it may be hard to turn down "free money" when I reach SS payout age (not that far off: I've been getting-and trashing-mailouts from the Gray Mafia, AKA AARP, for years). But once I do and then eventually reach "payback+20%"-or whatever I compute to be a fair (just, equitable) return on the monies I paid in, I will need to have made a tough decision to either return future checks of monies extorted from working taxpayers or become an accomplice in the felonious behavior of the government.
Perhaps a better way would be to fund the entire federal government out of one pot, as the Fair Tax proposal would have us do. That way, when taxes are applied to federal adventurism not authorized by the Constitution (any more, just about 90% of everything outside defense) it would at least have the merit of being "honest theft".