More SSN info....privatization info

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    I have seen the words "younger workers" used frequently when "explaining" the jist of the new program, but had not seen an actual date for these "young workers," until today. Those eligible to chose would need to be born after 1 Jan 1950.

    http://www.cato.org/pubs/ssps/ssp-32es.html

    Has a good presentation for the facts associated with one of the plans for this 6.2% option.

    What do you think?

     
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    I'd go for that... But the following is BS!
    We'll give you the money we have forced you to send in all your life, only if you agree to let us keep some.:blowup:
    And how much is some?
    JUST GIVE ME MY MONEY!! DAMNIT!
    And where the hell did they come up with young being born in 1950? Dillo's gonna kill em! :)
     
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    I agree, but I also feel obligated to help the system that is in place, because I know that newly invested money will outpace the current system, and it will oblige us to take care of those that are still in the "broke" system.

    I don't like it either, but I think it is important to take care of those that had no choice (if I understand the proposed system)
     
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    I met some people over the summer of 2004 who went camping(like hobos) almost daily, even though they "owned"/own a home. THe big deal is that they partied until the wee hours of the morning in their little campsites, and then rode around town on expensive mountain bikes the rest of the day.. They are under 45 years old and are all on SSI..

    No, I never got the reason why, but I can tell you it that it is probably a drug-use related disability. That is, illegal drug use has caused a medical condition that would make working for a living a risky move, therefore they are on SSI. What ever that means.


    I knew a guy who did heroin for years. Did his time in the pokey when he got caught dealing, then got on SSI because of damage to his heart. He wasn't a bad person. He just messed up in life and got in with the wrong people. Anyhow, he didn't work above the table, so he sold jewelry and cologne from the back of his car. He didn't sell drugs, at least I honestly don't think so. But, the little business kept him busy and with extra cash until the former years of abuse had caught up with him and he died. He was basicaly retired and collecting SSI until his death at age 45. RIP.
    He was a neighbor, and a friend. But,, it did bother me that he was tapped into SSI, when I know older folks who are in the "notch years", and/or had put their time in at work only to get short changed at retirement.

    Here is one more.. I know a guy who married a younger woman. She is 47, now, and he is in his 60's.. It wasn't love on her part. But,, they had two kids who are now grown. Because he is retired, from a good public service job, and over 65???, the kids are getting SSI because they are taking classes in school. I don't believe the kids need the assistance, but the law is the law and they have a good teacher who has shown them all the ropes. Their gandmother, on her side, has all of the angles figured out about collecting SSI. Her own daughter, the kid's aunt, has never really worked in her life. She started collecting SSI around 21, or 22, because she was deemed " too stressed out" to work... A nervous condition that would preclude the normal 40hr job.,.. She has been on trips to England, Hawaii, etc with her mom.... But work???

    And again, one has only to think of the people they know who have paid their dues and worked for years only to get short changed from the system.... Go figure.
     
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    SSI or Supplemental Security Income as opposed to SSDI or Supplemental Security Disability Insurance (that is an Insurance program) is a separate program run by the Social Security Administration. It is direct welfare and not part of the Social Security program it is paid directly from the General Fund.

    http://www.ssa.gov/notices/supplemental-security-income/ (SSI information)

    http://www.workworld.org/wwwebhelp/diget.htm (SSDI infomation)

    Are you sure these guys weren't on SSDI? It is an easy mistake to make.
     
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    Working Man, I appreciate your stories, but how do they pertain to Social Security privatization (as the thread topic indicates?)

    Maybe you should start a thread to tell your stories elswhere, and let this thread be used for privatization information.

    Thanks for your understanding, and civility.
     
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    Good point. I would have to guess it was SSDI. But is that to say it comes from the left pocket and not the right one? Or another way to look at it, the folks enjoying their fully suspended mountain bikes with dual disc brakes still are not contributing to the SSI fund. To be honest, I don't hang with anyone on SSDI, so I didn't realize there was a difference. Thanks for the info.
     
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    The bottom line is that we have people who can take money out of the system and not put it in. Or, there are less good jobs around in order to make a wage and pay in.

    You want to discuss the privatization of SSI, why? You feel it needs to be "fixed" I assume. So, why not fix some of the leaks???

    Privatize? I used to think it was a great idea. This way I would have something to use in my retirement planning. I too hoped that I would have more than the typical working man's retirement check. Then I got involved with an alternate retirement account. Made $50k, on paper, in a year with a very small investment. The fund manager was "highly respected". When the tech sector tanked in the late nineties I lost all of that $50k+ in nearly as short a period, plus time that can not be regained.

    I don't know. I figured if the money manager said it was a good investment, i would run with it. I lost. I wasn't planning on becoming an investment specialist in order to know where to move the money in order to stop worrying about my retirement.
     
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    WHo is watching and directing the possible changes to the SSI system? Do we have anyone like the guy from Vanguard Mutual Funds, Bogel?,, watching, or giving input?? Is there going to be an oversite committee to explore the privatization?

    Just like I learned, if you take part of your retirement money, and invest it with the best intentions, you can still wind up being broke if you don't pick the best investment vehicle.. I am no expert, I know a little, but am now gunshy about leaving it up to myself to invest. But, on the same token, the team who has been running the SSI has now saw fit to make me wait 1.75 years longer to collect what I have been sending in for all these years. (problem is my family has no men who have lived past 65 due to heart disease) Do I trust government employees to do the right thing?? Arghhh!!!!
     
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    Invest? I'd like to invest my money alright... is a SACK... under my MATRESS!

    The government has had their fingers in my money for over forty years, and now the story is, well, we fucked your money away, and now, you're only going to get a portion of it back... sorry.

    It seems the biggest fuckin's you get in life always have something to do with the government.
     

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