Governor Perry dared to blurt that the Emperor is strutting around in the buff. The gov had the audacity to suggest our Social Security system is a Ponzi scheme.
His opponents pounced on this. They erupted with promises to protect Social Security from evil leaders like Perry. Even his friends chided him for making such an inflammatory proclamation. It would be better, they said, to talk about how we can save and strengthen Social Security.
What is the matter with us? So many Americans are like those folks in the fairy tale who were afraid to say the Emperor was gaga. Not to mention buck naked.
Of course Social Security is a Ponzi scheme! I know, I know, you don’t want it to be. You don’t want to hear that payments down the road will have to be cut. You don’t want to hear that you will have to pay more taxes to keep it going. You don’t want to hear a hurricane is on the way either. You don’t want to hear children are starving. You prefer not to hear your favorite star fondles little boys. You don’t want to hear there is a blight on your tomato plants.
Tough! Reality ain’t always pretty. These things simply ARE. And Social Security IS a Ponzi scheme.
Ponzi told people he was investing their money. He lied. Just like Bernie Madoff lied. Government told workers their money was going into an insurance program. Told them the money in there was theirs. Told them it was earmarked. Government lied. The Supreme Court told us so.
Ponzi promised glorious returns. He lied. Government promised workers returns on their money. Promised they were legally entitled to Social Security benefits. Government lied. Workers are not legally entitled to a cent.
I don’t suggest you will not be able to continue to draw from Social Security. Current payments are not threatened. I don’t suggest Social Security will not be there for you when you retire. It will be. But your payments may be less than you expect. Or you may be taxed more on them. Or you may have to contribute more to the system while you are working.
What I suggest is that Social Security is a series of lies, at worst. And deceptions, at best. One of those lies is that it is a type of insurance. All right. Let us compare it with your life insurance policy...