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Re: My 1 on 1 with a US Congressman - Social Secur
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And my opinion is that Jimmy Carter is too dumb to be
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Way to go, Cut my man. If this works out right, I'll know who to thank.

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I remember when I was a kid then Pres Carter, came to Hiawassee Ga for a fishing trip at his cousin Don's farm. All the school kids went out to the pasture where his helicopter was going to land and watched him arrive. I still have the picture of us standing in front of his chopper once he left. He gave the typical wave and was off in the Jeep.

I think he did pretty good fishing. Of course the Ga Dept of Fish and Game stocked that section of the river real good just before he arrived

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You gotta like Jimmy Carter, politics or no. Sibling of a bootlegger, luster after women, swinger of a mean hammer, and scourge of sassy rabbits.

My kinda country boy.

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"Scourge of sassy rabbits"? Sounds like Elmer Fudd

Hey, I wonder what a can of Billy Beer is worth on eBay?

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That's big of you...raise taxes on those still working, cut benefits for those younger than you, and leave your (very generous) deal exactly as it is.

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Cut-Throat, you must live near Hastings where my girlfriend is from. A good friend of mine is a nephew of Ron Kind, our congressmen from the third district of WI. He's a Democrat but a nice guy nonetheless. That certainly has its perks, such as when she got to go to the airport with Ron to meet with Kerry at 7 PM on election night and sit in on a meeting before he got onto his plane. She called me afterwards to say that the meeting was basically a bunch of back slapping since "Kerry was going to win because of the exit polls." I would have loved to have a picture of her face once the good people of Ohio wiped that smile off her face.
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I have two unopened cans of Billy Beer that my wife bought as an investment when I was in graduate school. Want to make a bid, John?
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That's big of you...raise taxes on those still working, cut benefits for those younger than you, and leave your (very generous) deal exactly as it is.

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Yeah. . . preservation of any group's benefits strikes me as unfair too.

I am completely against private accounts because it is clear from the right-wing think-tank white papers that the goal of this is to eliminate social security -- not to save it. But the best solution should require everyone to pay a little. That means that benefits (for everyone) need to be cut -- either through more aggressive taxes or reduced benefits. Increased taxation through removal of the cap also seems like a no-brainer.
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That's big of you...raise taxes on those still working, cut benefits for those younger than you, and leave your (very generous) deal exactly as it is.

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That's exactly what was done in 1983 to save Social Security when I was working.

I am only in favor of a Tax increase that would eliminate the Current Cap. Not increasing taxes for those under $100K. Reducing benefits by increasing the retirmement age to match the longevity tables. Not actually reducing benefits once you start collecting.

Let's hear your solution.*- I'm listening :
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Hello C-T . I'm with you on removing the cap, even though that could be viewed as a "tax on the rich" which I usually would oppose strongly. However, even though
I am reaching geezer status, raising the retirement
age really bothers me, even with a phased in approach.
It won't impact me. I just don't like way it smells.
OTOH, as you all know most anything the gov. comes up with has to pass the "smell" test with me.

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Re: My 1 on 1 with a US Congressman - Social Secur

I agree

Plus eliminating any remaining reductions in SS while working - so the 'poor' Boomers can both draw some and pay some taxes at the same time.

The most radical - I would like to see SS given quasi independance on the order of the Fed Reserve and be allowed to invest in stocks, bonds, BOTH foreign and domestic.

I also believe it's Medicare - not SS that's the problem.

SS is the most onerous and by far the biggest tax almost everybody in my neigborhood pays - way ahead of all other taxes combined, including high sales taxes.
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Eliminate the pointless farm price support program, and put that money in international index funds to pay retirees. Set up a separate agency whose only mandate is to preserve the trust fund so Congress cannot steal it again. No tax increases, no benefit cuts. We would probably wind up with a benefit raise.
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Galveston, oh Galveston, I hear that your plan is working. Wonder why our plan can't be like yours. In Galveston.... In Galveston.

Sung to tune of Galveston by Glen Campbell.

All together now, 1, 2, 3... Galveston....
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One of the reasons the ponzi scheme is in trouble is that the eligibility age hasn't adjusted fully with changes in mortality ages... Changing eligiblity age for full benefits has already been done and probably needs to be done at a more aggressive rate to better reflect the longer life expectancies...
Disclaimer-- I've calculated my SS benefit (in today's $$) at age 62 to be about $8-9K/year. So I can be accused of apathy.

But if SS eligibility was adjusted to to 1935's average life expectancy, then today's eligibility age would be in our early-mid 80s.

I wonder who makes hedonic adjustments to the average life expectancy?
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Hey, I'm not going to be getting ~$12k a year!!!

My wife and I refer to that as the "lobster every other night option" should SS actually occur.

I would recommend neither counting, nor planning on it.

Solution to the problem? Easy. The feds have to pay back all of the money they've "borrowed" from the program. They arent allowed to "borrow" from it ever again. Social security thats been promised to people who have pretty much planned their retirement around it (those over ~30) get the full benefits paid out first, then the feds get to buy other crap with whatevers left over. You're under 30, plan your own damn retirement.
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I understand that life expectancy increases since 1935 are primarily due to less babies and young people dying. For those who live to age 65, life expectancy only has increased a small amount since the early 1900s.
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Disclaimer-- I've calculated my SS benefit (in today's $$) at age 62 to be about $8-9K/year. *So I can be accused of apathy.

But if SS eligibility was adjusted to to 1935's average life expectancy, then today's eligibility age would be in our early-mid 80s.

I wonder who makes hedonic adjustments to the average life expectancy? *
I've got to disagree with you here Nords!

If you compare life expectancy at age 60 in 1935 with someone age 60 today, you only get about *5 year gain. From age 75 in 1935 to about age 80 today. Even if you look at a 40 year old worker in 1935 vs. a 40 year old today. The 40 year old of today(In their big paying years of SS) only has about a 6 or 7 year longer lifespan than the one in 1935.

Most of the life expectancy gains are measured at birth. The folks that keep telling us that we are going to live well over 100 *soon are just plain wrong!

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Weeeeellll...as with many things, we cant predict the future and the past may or may not be a good predictor.

Past improvements in longevity have in fact been linked closely with the elimination of childhood diseases and better healthcare/nutrition in the early years.

A whole lot of pretty smart people think that work done in the areas of DNA study and nanotechnology could easily increase human lifespans by up to 10 or 20 years within the next 3 decades.

I guess we'll know for sure in 20-30 years...
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