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Response to Texin (Reply #8)

Sun Dec 9, 2012, 05:31 PM

55. I made this point on another thread

That those who don't depend on Social Security or Medicare don't vote based on protecting them. The fact that a majority of seniors voted for Romney with Ryan on the ticket is evidence of that.

If anything, I think there might be stronger support for Social Security and Medicare if they were means-tested. Most people my age don't expect to get anything from either program, so we don't view it as social insurance that we will one day benefit from. To me it is just another tax. My mother is 55 and she feels the same way, although I think she has a decent chance of getting something before it goes bankrupt.

I don't mind paying it to help those who need it, but I kind of resent having my money go to people like the ones you describe. It doesn't seem fair that working-class people who are struggling to get by have their paychecks cut to support people like that.

I think taking steps to keep it solvent for longer will actually increase public support for it, because people under 40 will be more likely to see it as an investment in retirement security rather than just another tax.

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