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The Immorality of Social Security

The immorality of Social Security has been overshadowed by the claim that all old people should be cared for by the state.  The fact that the system is broke and will soon leave most recipients in the throws of poverty as the cost of living increases are stopped shows the real results of giving the politicians a deciding hand in this scenario.  The fact that the system is unworkable and unsustainable is bad enough but from a moral standpoint the system is a grave injustice on individuality.

Many people work their whole life forced to pay thousands of dollars into the Social Security system and then die before they are eligible to receive a dime for their “contributions.  This is not only unfair to the people forced to pay but many of those dollars go to people who apply and receive benefits for disabilities they neither have nor deserve to be compensated for.  Knowing personally that this practice is rampant and mostly ignored by the government shows that the Social Security system is an example of the kind of program that is subject to and rampant with fraud.  Meanwhile a person working at a job to provide daily living expenses is forced to pay for someone who is more interested in getting out of work and pretending to be unable to work to support themselves.  The many examples of people who work from wheelchairs and with verifiable handicaps is a demonstration that the bar is set much too low for receipt of the benefits.  It is analogous to the number of undeserved handicap parking stickers that adorn the newer model cars resting in the multiple “Harkin “ parking handicap spots.

The younger people of this nation should be making more noise about the immorality of the government taking funds from their paycheck they may never see any benefit from.  The issue is never front and center in political races because like so many government schemes it is never brought up as one of the “issues” to be debated and examined.  The notion that the government can make things work is a tired cliche that may have worked when the citizens didn’t know any better but the evidence today of government incompetence and corruption should no longer be an excuse to skirt the issue.

The commission on debt reduction didn’t address the fundamental question of whether the government should be involved in all that it is meddling with.  It only addressed “tweaking” existing government programs to make them last a little longer and push off a final solution to another generation.  The first thing the commission should have addressed is whether we are going to continue to be a debtor nation or properly work and become a creditor nation.  This is crucial to any step in the right direction and it is completely discounted as any sense of urgency is totally absent.  Assessing the situation and the amount of debt and the gravity and consequences of this massive debt is fundamental to determining what must go and how restricted government must be for the country to survive and prosper.

There is so much wrong with the culture in Washington and the rest of the country that immorality is construed and distorted to comply with outright injustice in a land where justice for all is a motto.  There cannot be justice for all if some are being forced to pay for the benefit of others who may or may not contribute.  Justice requires that no man or woman be forced to pay for that which they may never derive benefit from. The deception wording like “social” justice is designed like affirmative action to go beyond what is fair and introduce unfairness under a new category of “fairness’.  Such deceptions don’t change the meaning of justice or equality but they obfuscate for political purposes to create groups with agendas that can be pandered to by the politicians.

There are many other government programs such as food stamps and subsidies of all sorts that operate on the same faulty premise that we are our bother’s keepers even though many recipients would never be considered brothers if they were exposed for their fraud.  That premise of all people are deserving is residue from pulpits and has no relation to reality.  The one person deserving of receipt of ones labor is the person performing the labor.  That needs to be pointed out to the millions of people why it is common decency to let the government decide where or if the money contributed goes to more deserving than the wage earner.  To paraphrase that Wentworth person,” It’s your money and you deserve it”.

When the Social Security System is denounced as immoral half the battle for the unfairness of it will be won.  No politician can stand up to a moral question from an individual that is sure of his ground.  They may try to intimidate and obfuscate but the issue is really very clear and they need to be confronted with it.  If you don’t stand up for yourself and what you have earned and are entitled to because you earned it then you will end up contributing to coffers that may benefit people you despise and you may never see a dime of your own money.  This is not the American way and the politicians need to understand they are being autopsied for what they are made of.  Justice is not just a word that the politicians can bandy about while they support injustice.  Demand they tell you why you should have to pay for something you may never receive.  Demand why you should not be able to decide if you want health care services and how much you want to pay for them.  Demand to know who gave them the right to take a portion of your earnings and never guarantee you will get any of that portion back.  Speak up for your rights and your earnings and your retirement.  Your silence will only be interpreted as willingness to comply with their mistaken ideas.

The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of the author and are not not necessarily either shared or endorsed by iPatriot.com.

Dale Netherton

Author of four published books, former Marine, forester, former plant services manager,former KT facilitator, former campgound builder and manager, handyman now retired to writing , chess , golf and fishing. ISU graduate, M.B.A. from Nova University and longtime supporter of ARI. http://www.amazon.com/Dale-L.-Netherton/e/B00G1T6A26/ref=dp_byline_cont_book_1

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