In the discussion thread: How many people are aware that they are going to get hit with a 2% bite out of their paychecks [View all]
Response to WCGreen (Original post)
Tue Nov 13, 2012, 05:18 AM
exboyfil (4,978 posts)
17. My argument was that people adapt
lifestyles to their take home pay and that the reduction was a bad idea at the time (I got criticized on this board about that conclusion). I knew it would be real painful to go back. Remember this is 2% of almost everyone's income. Rich folks are complaining about less than 5% on their income over $250,000.
2% is a lot of money especially for those in lower incomes. For me it represents a $1,600 hit. That is money that I will not be able to save for my children to go to college. That is an easy give up for me. Someone who made the decision for more expensive housing will have a more difficult time adjusting to this change.
It has to go back for solvency, but it should never have been adjusted downward to begin with. It set a bad precedence by taking money from the general fund to cover the shortfall. It sent the message that Social Security and General Fund taxing/spending are part of the same big pool.
I wish Obama would adopt my suggestion. Lift the cap on all income and adjust withholding rates to pay as you go. Make the income over the $105K that was not previously taxed, taxed at 2% rate lower than the income which was previously taxed. The income above $105K will not count towards calculuating future benefits (this approximately puts that higher income on an equivalency to those making over about $50K the breakpoint for calculating the lowest level of benefit). Eventually draw down the Trust Fund by not raising rates as S.S. benefit payments increase. Eventually adopt a total Pay as You Go with a 1 year buffer (like it used to be). Raise rates as necessary to continue benefits at current levels (no reduction, no later date to retire, no additional means testing). Rates should cap at 7.5%/7.5%. If funds are insufficient then reduced benefits should be paid out on a sliding scale with a formula similar to the current benefits distribution.
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My argument was that people adapt
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