Ted Rall by Ted Rall

Ted Rall

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  1. jrmerm

    jrmerm said, over 3 years ago

    The growth of unfunded entitlements must be curbed somehow. If people want the eligibility age for Social Security raised or benefits cut in some other way, let’s do that. But reducing costs thru reduction to cost of living adjustments is in some respects a less painful change than some others.

  2. Radish

    Radish GoComics PRO Member said, over 3 years ago

    Social Security is fully funded until at least 2035.

  3. Ransom D Stone

    Ransom D Stone said, over 3 years ago

    Put those who want a “chained” index in a chain gang and let THEM suffer.

  4. pbarnrob

    pbarnrob said, over 3 years ago


    Decreasing spending goes the wrong way. Every dollar in SS, or for that matter, in payrolls to those of the lower 60% or so, gets spent; if locally, generating some 7X dollars in downstream activity by local businesses.
    Simply raise the cap on SS contributions, either gradually or yank the bandaid off all at once, problem solved (as though there was [thanks, Radish] one.)

  5. Chillbilly

    Chillbilly said, over 3 years ago

    I’m sure there are plenty of people who would gladly trash their government careers to have a stab at looting social security.

  6. Craig Linder

    Craig Linder said, over 3 years ago

    Nicely done Ted.

  7. Rx71Wm29

    Rx71Wm29 GoComics PRO Member said, over 3 years ago

    Maybe Ted should live in a cardboard box for a year. He’ll change his toon!

  8. jrmerm

    jrmerm said, over 3 years ago


    No, it’s not. The “fund” consist of IOUs which must be paid out of current taxes. Social Security is “funded” in the same sense that I become a “millionaire” by making out an IOU to myself for a million bucks and sticking it in my safe deposit box.

  9. jrmerm

    jrmerm said, over 3 years ago


    Raising taxes as a solution only works temporarily.

  10. M Ster

    M Ster said, over 3 years ago


    The SS fund has enough money on paper to last through 2035. But the federal gov’t put that money in the general fund, gave SS an IOU, and then spent it on tax cuts, wars, etc. This really ramped up in 1987 (yes, under Reagan), but every President since then continued to do so.

  11. ronald rini

    ronald rini said, over 3 years ago

    They make it sound like a gift from the goverment. I would liked to see how far state farm or other insurance company would get if they only paid 1000 dollars on a million dollar policy. Get the free loader off the roles and no need to worry

  12. Stipple

    Stipple said, over 3 years ago

    I woud think the insurance company would do well only paying $1000 on $1,000,000 policies.
    I think there actually is a law against such practice, but it sure does explain why republican math fails everywhere it is applied.

  13. Radish

    Radish GoComics PRO Member said, over 3 years ago

    Social Security was paid for by payroll taxes. Weather or not the money was stolen and can be recovered is another story.
    There should be a means test, people who have millions in the bank don’t really need SS or medicare.

  14. albertalpha

    albertalpha GoComics PRO Member said, over 3 years ago

    Not quite right jrmem. The contribution that were made to social security were used to buy US bonds. A big chunk of the fund consists of IOU (the country owes money that was borrowed from the social security fund). This is the same as you BUYING a million dollars worth of US bonds. The country owes YOU one million dollars.

  15. D PB

    D PB said, over 3 years ago


    So, if they have paid into the SS “Trust Fund” and made their tax payments for Medicare, they should get all of the monies they paid back?
    You advocate for a means test, great! I will stop contributing to the SS “Trust Fund” and to Medicare, refund all of my “contributions” over the last 45 years. I will place that in an appropriate investment fund that will guarantee me a better rate of return then the government does.
    You are essentially advocating for stealing from one group to give money to another, oh wait, you’re a liberal, that’s how you play your game.
    Never mind.

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