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Posted on February 6, 2015 at 12:20 AM

Social Security Is Not Broke – But It Is Not In a Lock Box Either

 

Social Security is NOT THE PROBLEM - the problem is with the government’s total

“unified budget.” Social Security is running a surplus and this surplus is used to understate

the national debt. If you are interested we would be happy to provide the actual numbers and

all projection assumptions used by the Board of Trustees.

 

Social Security is not welfare it is an entitlement like your life insurance. Let us get some

terminology straight. The Old –Age, Survivors, and Disability Trust fund consists of two

separate parts that pay benefits to “Workers” and their families; (Old-Age and Survivors

Insurance (OASI) and Disability Insurance (DI)). OASI pays monthly benefits to retired

Workers and their families and to survivors of deceased Workers. The DI part pays

Monthly benefits to disabled Workers and their families.

 

The Board of Trustees was established under the Social Security Act to oversee the

financial operations of the OASI and DI Trust Funds. The OASI Trust fund is not the problem

but rather the DI Trust fund is. The DI fund will steadily decline because its costs will exceed

income beginning in 2013. If the decline is not fixed this fund will be exhausted by 2018.

However if you combine the OASI and DI funds they are in good shape. Some

recommendations to maintain the solvency of the programs over the next 75 years include

raising the payroll tax rate, and/or re-allocating the payroll tax rate between the two funds as

Clinton proposed and Congresspassed in 1994. (See the 2011 Annual Report of the Board of

Trustees of the Federal Old-Age Survivors Insurance and Federal Disability Insurance Trust

Funds).

 

If you want to be more radical merely end all payments upon the death of the

principal worker. No more survivors benefits and/or tighten the definition of a “disability”

which has already begun. This is of course the “let’s privatize the funds approach”.

So let us be clear “Privatization” means the transfer of $2.7 Trillion” today or $3.6 Trillion in

2020 into the hands of those who brought us the financial collapse of 2009. So let us also be

clear, although Social Security is referred to as an “Entitlement” which has the connotation of

“Welfare-something that is handed to you” – Social Security is an EARNED BENEFIT.

 

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