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  1. Robert Landers

    Robert Landers said, almost 4 years ago

    Then the interest made by any enterprise is also immoral, that includes private banks as well as governmental bonds!!

    Of course, if banks were to stop charging interest then the economies of all the world would totally collapse over night!

    Also, what is not even figured into that equation are the millions of people that collect absolutely nothing, as they die before they can even collect any benefits at all!

    Tell me, do you actually think the current generations would even begin to take up the slack and actually support in any reasonable (and even loving) way their parents and grand parents (even though as a supposedly bible believing nation, the bible tells younger people that they have an obligation to take care of their elderly parents) ?

    If you even begin to think that, then you are absolutely living in la la land!

    Besides which the elderly are not only fighting for current benefits, they are also fighting for the younger people today (who are also paying into the systems) to be able to have the same benefits when they get older also.

    And this even goes much further. Because many elderly are solvent enough through these systems, they can then (and literally millions including myself do) support their younger relatives, especially in these tough economic times.

    Sorry, but I grow VERY tired of having younger people (especially the right wing) bad mouth the elders that are actually sacrificing to help save those very younger people doing all that complaining!!

    Have I made myself at least somewhat clear here?

  2. Mark

    Mark said, almost 4 years ago

    People who are reaching Social Security age now are NOT going to get back what they put in. That figure only works if you count the early qualifiers. In addition, Social Security has never added one cent to the deficit. It can’t by the wa it’s designed. This is a false issue.

  3. TJDestry

    TJDestry GoComics PRO Member said, almost 4 years ago

    But we’ll die and then there will room for you here. Meanwhile, we paid for our share and it won’t run out while we’re still drawing. If there is less coming in because the baby boom is over, not to worry: There are fewer of you ready to move into the flow.

  4. Gary Williams

    Gary Williams GoComics PRO Member said, almost 4 years ago

    Why doesn’t she show the young man pushing a tank. the defense budget gets more than anyone.

  5. Respectful Troll

    Respectful Troll said, almost 4 years ago

    @Michael WME – loved the quote from Aristotle. You’re making me want to read his words again. Some have tired from my opinion that money doesn’t exist, it’s just how we trade for goods and services without guns and clubs. Would like to see how you might adjust it.
    @RobertLanders – I read in an article years ago that Muslims believe it is a sin to make money from money. If a person loans money for a business or home, they become a part owner of that business or home.
    I cannot verify the veracity of the website where I found the following information, however-
    ""Allah will deprive usury of all blessing, but will give increase for deeds of charity" (Quran 2: 276).
    Narrated Jabir ibn Abdullah: Allah’s Messenger cursed the accepter of interest and its payer, and one who records it, and the two witnesses; and he said: They are all equal (Muslim)."
    from –
    This is one of the reasons it is so hard for western economies to be accepted by Muslims.
    I support the idea of a “Jubilee” as introduced by Moses. After centuries of abuses by the greedy and powerful, we need a “reboot” that puts more value on people, environment, and quality of life and less value on the value of a dollar vs a yen vs a pound sterling vs a euro etc.
    It won’t happen, but the people the cartoon depicts fought in Vietnam, Korea, and WW2. They built roads, rails, and bridges. The educated our children, doctored our ills, and served us breakfasts at restaurants.
    RUMOR HAS IT (did you like that Mechanic?) Our broken system failed to protect pensions and retirement funds, and our self serving legislators borrowed from Social Security and allowed lobbyists to insert loopholes in other government programs. (Rumor has it is my way of saying I can’t provide proof I’m right. Good song by Adele too)
    These people are our parents, grandparents, and great grandparents…accent on the Great.
    If we fail them, we are not the people the founders wanted us to be.
    and thanks to TrustedMechanic and some others who help me stay relevant – you too Howgozit. ;)

  6. Ransom D Stone

    Ransom D Stone said, almost 4 years ago

    @Respectful Troll

    Well said CD.

  7. PlainBill

    PlainBill said, almost 4 years ago

    Cons love to call Social Security a Ponzi scheme, and use the false association to try to destroy it. You lack the intelligence to see the falsehood.

    For the first 70+ years of it’s existence Social Security took in more than it paid out. The surplus was loaned to the US Govt, now the Republicans want to default on the loan and dishonor their promise to the American people.

    At the present rate of contributions, Social Security will burn through it’s reserve in less than 40 years. Think about what this means – by modest fixes NOW Social Security can be viable for the next century. Rather than following the lead of a few criminal Republicans we can prove that we are a people who keep our word.

  8. DavidGBA

    DavidGBA said, almost 4 years ago

    Need immigrants to pay, just like in last century.

  9. D PB

    D PB said, almost 4 years ago

    But this it somewhat typical of you, you make a sweeping statement and claim it as common knowledge or something of the like, and then rarely support your hyperbole with any facts.

    You were challenged to provide a single instance, it wouldn’t be that hard if it were true, but instead you show you’re either lazy or have no proof to support your statement.

    For a little while there you moved away from your typical left wing rants to a more balanced and pragmatic response, you’re falling off the wagon I see.

  10. M Ster

    M Ster said, almost 4 years ago

    The Federal gov’t borrowed $2.6 trillion from the Social Security trust fund, most of that in the last 25 years (the borrowing ramped up dramatically beginning in 1987). Using very simple math, the amount borrowed averaged $100 billion (with a “B”) per year, every year for 25 years.
    That source of borrowing is starting to dry up, so until we balance our budget, we will need to find other sources to borrow that $100 billion per year from, domestic and/or foreign.
    It is not likely to come from China. As this link shows, China actually owns $105 billion LESS of our debt than they did a year ago (
    Say what? Social Security is in much better shape financially than the Federal gov’t is. How about leaving Social Security alone for a few years and FIXING THE FEDERAL GOV’T.

  11. lbalch

    lbalch said, almost 4 years ago

    SS pays out an average of three checks for everyone who contributes

  12. Uncle Joe

    Uncle Joe GoComics PRO Member said, almost 4 years ago

    “A Hight percentage of Social Security payouts go to individuals that never paid into the system”

    You mean people like Paul Ryan? If a man works, while his wife stays home & raises the family, should benefits be cut when he dies? She didn’t pay into SS, so I guess you want to throw her in the street.

    More heartless conservatism.

  13. Uncle Joe

    Uncle Joe GoComics PRO Member said, almost 4 years ago

    How-gie, I have NEVER, EVER seen you post anything to support one of your claims. Just sayin’…

  14. Uncle Joe

    Uncle Joe GoComics PRO Member said, almost 4 years ago

    @Respectful Troll

    Well said, sir! SS is an essential program for many of our elderly, who worked long & hard to build this nation. It’s a modest benefit, but I think turning it into a 401k style program is incredibly foolish. Not everyone does well with their 401k.

    I can not find anything to support or disprove the claims that there are a lot of people collecting SS who never paid into the system. I’m sure there are a number of people getting survivor benefits, but that doesn’t seem to be what the SS haters are talking about.

  15. Uncle Joe

    Uncle Joe GoComics PRO Member said, almost 4 years ago


    “SS pays out an average of three checks for everyone who contributes”

    What??? I think you are confusing the fact that there are currently 3 people working & paying into SS for every person who receives SS. This number is expected to drop to 2 to 1 around 2035.

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