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Are you confident that your full Social Security benefits will be paid to you throughout your retirement?

Yes, I'm confident the government will be able to meet its obligations 19% 197 votes
I'm somewhat confident 12% 127 votes
I'm not confident at all 68% 699 votes
Total Votes: 1023

Note: This is not a scientific poll.

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May 28, 2009
10:21 a.m.

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jbuff ( jbuff ) says...

When social security was first enacted there were over 40 workers per retiree. By 2020 there will be two.

While we have the largest population than ever right now, that is due to the largest senior population we've ever had. What's scarier is, who is going to take care of our elderly?

May 28, 2009
3:11 p.m.

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fotogirl30 ( fotogirl30 ) says...

Social Security whats that? My Generation has been told for the very beginning their will be no benefits left for us to retire on. No pension, no benefits fend for your self.

May 28, 2009
5:03 p.m.

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Artrina ( Artrina ) says...

The dems love giving government handouts; the money will be there...

May 28, 2009
5:06 p.m.

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mhowie ( mhowie ) says...

I'm in the younger generation ... so I have a feeling there probably won't be anything left for me by then.

May 29, 2009
5:15 a.m.

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mrmjs ( mrmjs ) says...

What mankind fails to provide for the people, God will provide for his!

May 29, 2009
11:47 a.m.

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cdisle ( cdisle ) says...

Eat lots of chicken wings and drink plenty of beer. Oh, and start smoking and quit any form of exercise you may be involved with.

And take on a whole bunch of stress.

Die before 60 and you will have nothing to worry about. That's my plan, anyway.

May 29, 2009
1:20 p.m.

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schdygrl ( schdygrl ) says...

I am waiting for the government lab created swine flu pandemic to come and wipe out half of the population. Those that survive will be ok on social secuirty then. It seems a little easier than budget cuts anyway!

May 29, 2009
3:15 p.m.

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mgf ( mgf ) says...

Just a note:
people bandy about the words "hand-outs" and "entitlements" often in regard to Social Security and unemployment benefits.

Workers PAY into both Social Security and Unemployment --

May 29, 2009
3:47 p.m.

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schdygrl ( schdygrl ) says...

Seven point six five percent (7.65%) of their salary-off the top-every single paycheck to be exact (for scoial security and medicare). Thank you mgf for reminding some that SS is an EARNED benefit!

May 29, 2009
8 p.m.

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martymefurst ( martymefurst ) says...

Schdygirl, the problem with your scenario is that SS is not a fund you pay into that grows over the years like a managed fund. SS is a massive scale Ponzi scheme that relies on having more people paying in than receiving benefits. There is no interest, there are only adjustments for inflation. Around the time of the introduction of birth control pills in the 1960s, the birth rates dropped precipitously and didn't pick up again for another 20 years or so. People born in 1945 are starting to hit retirement age soon. In short, we're screwed. There is no way that it can be sustained without a large increase on taxation or reduction in benefits.

May 30, 2009
7:01 a.m.

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annarondac ( annarondac ) says...

When did responsible savings and retirement plans become extinct? It is virtually impossible to live a quality life on SS, especially looking at oncoming inflation. Like the American Dream of achievement, personal responsibility is becoming a relic of some by gone era.

May 30, 2009
3:58 p.m.

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muddymoon ( muddymoon ) says...

As a person already on SS if my house wasn't already paid for or I had to rent, I'd be in a motel going to the food pantry. I barely have enough on SS to pay utilities and car expences. The younger people will probably have to rely on savings and retirement plans to live, with no frills. No one can live on SS alone unless they have some other form of income. Start saving that pocket change you'll need it to buy food with when you get my age. And I paid into the SS fund for 45 years!!!

June 1, 2009
8:44 a.m.

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schdygrl ( schdygrl ) says...

martymefurst...I did not have a "scenario" that SS worked or was going to be there for me. I simply was agreeing with another poster that reminded people that SS was not a hand out. I would however like to take this opportunity to point out to you that many of those who relied on what was supposed to be a good alternative system (Wall street i.e. managed funds, interest, etc.) are also in big trouble financially. That system isn’t any safer than SS. As we have seen in the last several years, speculators can send it soaring or diving in a matter of days.

People love to be couch complainers, but who is out there trying to fix their situation?

June 1, 2009
4:12 p.m.

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annarondac ( annarondac ) says...

Take a look at the disclaimers when you buy stock. It's called an investment that a business will prosper not a guaranteed profit. Our constitution only guarantees the "pursuit of happiness" not happiness. There is no fix to personal responsibility except that person being responsible for him or her self.

 

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