Re: OT: Politics [Was:Social Contract]
On 2006-04-29, Kent West penned:
> Mumia W wrote:
>> Social Security is a government program. There's nothing wrong
>> about using taxes to support a government program.
> So you're in favor of forcing Person A, at the point of a gun, to
> give his hard-earned dollars to Person B? Because at the basics,
> that's what it is.
But that happens all the time. People who don't drive still pay taxes
for roads. People who don't have children pay taxes for schools.
People who have no interest in nature pay taxes to preserve national
I agree that social security is all sorts of screwed up, but not
because it involves collecting money and spending it in ways that
might not directly benefit the person paying. Not unless you're
against taxes of all forms, which is possibly an entirely different
(Just looked at my paycheck; wow, social security is about 1.5x what
I'm withholding for state income tax. A little less than 1/3 of
federal. It's definitely a large chunk of money, and I have zero
expectation of seeing a SS payout when I retire. I don't even want
it. I want to kill off this whole screwed up social security system,
and if that means I pay SS for my parents, then don't get any when I
retire, I'm honestly okay with that. I don't want to see my nieces
and nephew burdened with paying this stuff.)
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