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Social Security’s full retirement age was increased one time (by two years) in its 83-year history, while life expectancy has increased 20+ years. Would you favor a gradual increase in the full retirement age from 67 to 69 to extend the solvency of Social Security if the change excluded those currently age 60 and older?

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Darla F
Darla F
4 years ago

Hell no! That’s OUR money. The government has spent our money, and now wants to penalize us by cutting it by percentages or by upping the age. Hell fuggin no!

Douglas Malm
Douglas Malm
5 years ago

All law makers should have to also abide by any and all laws they make including all healthcare programs they inflict on others and their separate “social security which should be combined with the social security funds of the rest of us.

A Kot
A Kot
5 years ago

Hi I hit the incorrect button for my votr?

A Kot
A Kot
5 years ago

Oops I hit the wrong button

Mark Richey
Mark Richey
5 years ago

Don’t like any of the social security choices. It should not be in the red it is because the government has been dipping into it throughout the years. We should be able to opt out and open our own private savings account.

Bradley Tripp
Bradley Tripp
5 years ago

Pay back what was stolen from us and stop giving benefits to illegals. Then it would be solvent.

cd48x
cd48x
5 years ago

If SSI is reduced or age elevated; stop taking our money so we can use it now

Frank Casey
Frank Casey
5 years ago

It is way past time to get the SSI out of the general fund and back to it’s own fund and collect all of the IOU’s . The government started the program as a supplement to individuals pensions provided by their employers. It was a plan to help the middle and lower income CITIZENS live a comfortable life in retirement. The plan should have been kept separate from all other plans and it would have survived and enabled reduction of the tax over time.
The CITIZENS who contributed to the fund should have received the same cost of living and retirement increases enjoyed by our Congressmen and women.

Susan Hall
Susan Hall
5 years ago

MAKE cONGRESS PAYBACK WHAT THEY TOOK TO PAY OTHER BILLS. STOP PAYING THOSE WHO DONT NEED IT AND STOP PUTTING ILLEGALS ON WELFARE AND SSI/MEDICARE.

ATTACH CONGRESS’S RAISES TO THE SAME % OF SSI’ RECIPIENTS AND ONLY IF THEY PASS A BALANCED BUDGET.

Kahymel
Kahymel
5 years ago

This is good it keeps us well informed, and gives us a voice

Ron
Ron
5 years ago

I vote no. Social Security should be restored back to where it was originally funded. Our politicians stole the money and put it into the general fund without paying any interest. We need to start balancing the budget without using social security funds. If you don’t put into the fund, you should not get anything from SS. Social Security is not an entitlement. Our government doesn’t put in a penny. They steal the money to spend it on what they want. Any politician or talk show host calling SS an entitlement needs to have their heads examined. I could write a thesis on this topic. However, i’ll Just stop for now.

Claude
Claude
5 years ago

Social Security was conceived and written as a government sponsored Ponzi Scheme. The money was put into a non-interest bearing “trust” (?) Ask any person with a college degree in accounting or mathematics to explain to you why Ponzi Schemes always go broke. Changing the payout terms will not save a Ponzi Scheme. Adding more investors into a Ponzi Scheme will not save a Ponzi Scheme. Nothing can save Socialist Security because it is a Ponzi Scheme. Ask Bernie Madoff’s Hedge Fund investors. They tried to argue in court that Madoff had sold them shares in a “Hedge Fund”. The court said words that mean exactly this, “Calling a Ponzi Scheme a Hedge Fund, changes nothing about the financials of the scheme. You are experienced investors. You knew from day one that this was a Ponzi Scheme. You have nobody to blame, but yourselves.” Here is the cruel part of President Roosevelts Ponzi Scheme; he did not sell those shares of stock. He forced people to buy them. And the people he forced to buy shares in his Ponzi Scheme were not “experienced investors”. They were regular people who knew nothing about Ponzi Schemes. The people who were “paying into” the Ponzi scheme thought they were “investing in a Retirement Benefit Program”. The court that tried Bernie Madoff would have told you, “It doesn’t matter that President Roosevelt called his Ponzi Scheme a Retirement Benefit Program. Calling a Ponzi Scheme a Retirement Benefit Program changes nothing about the financials of the scheme.” Bottom line? The courts ruled that Socialist Security was mathematically certain to go broke, and was mathematically certain to go broke from the time the first shares were deducted from a citizen’s pay.

OK, what can we do about it? Essentially, nothing can be done. Anyone who has studied Ponzi Schemes will tell you that the only “investors” in a Ponzi Scheme who get any money from the scheme are the people who take their money out FIRST. Anyone who “leaves their money” in a Ponzi Scheme gets NOTHING. That’s right, every tax paying citizen who is “investing” in Socialist Security, today, is destined to get NOTHING.

What can the Congress do to save Socialist Security? NOTHING! Since it is a Ponzi Scheme, any Senator or Congressman who actually passed Finance 101 or College Level Algebra 201 knows that as sure as the sun will rise tomorrow, Socialist Security is destined to go broke. Nothing can change that, and nothing will change it. Anymore than there was a way to “save” Bernie Madoff’s Hedge Fund!

Sharon Botto
Sharon Botto
5 years ago

Has anyone bothered to calculate all the “citizens” that paid into the system, but died before ever being able to collect a dime!

Judy Paladino
Judy Paladino
5 years ago

60 is too old to make it the cutoff. The age of people affected should not be higher than 55. People 55 and up have been planning their retirement for 35 years or more. It’s not enough time for them to make the adjustments necessary to save enough. Something does need to be done, but I don’t think the options to vote were all inclusive enough. I like the idea of working toward privatizing retirement benefits.

Tim Gossett
Tim Gossett
5 years ago

Make Congress repay all the money they stole from the SS administration and it will b solvent 4 many, many more years.

Jeff bossert
Jeff bossert
5 years ago

How about putting the money back that they stole from social security and anyone who ever voted to steal our money should be tried for treason

Wayne Riesbeck
Wayne Riesbeck
5 years ago

I voted on it but don’t agree with any of the choices. I want the government put back every penny they spent from it with interest. When the program was started, it took money from your paychecks to save for you to earn interest so you would be able to survive after you could no longer work. It was not supposed to be used for anything else by anyone. There got to be trillions of dollars in it so the government started borrowing from it for other things, like Bill Clinton using it to balance the budget and probably used a lot of it for the Clinton foundation. That was our money they took and should have to pay it back with interest. Everyone in Government should forfeit their pay to the Social Security fund until the debt is paid off. They might be a little reluctant to touch that money in the future and Social Security will never become insolvent in the future.

Fran
Fran
5 years ago

Make the government repay the amount that was “borrowed” (including interest) so many years ago and there would be a lot less issues. Social Security would be solvent today had it not been touched. I would also like to stop having social security called an entitlement. The biggest entitlement going is the lifetime retirement pay and insurance that the house and senate get for all their “hard” work.

Tom
Tom
5 years ago

Make the thieves who stole our money put it back. No cuts to anyone except illegals. My parents for example would lose $650 a month.

Michele
Michele
5 years ago

We wouldn’t need to keep changing the retirement age if we #1 stopped giving SS benefits to NEWLY arrived LEGAL immigrants; they haven’t paid one dime into SS, so why give them money they aren’t entitled to?! AND #2 stop giving benefits to ILLEGALS!! #3 Don’t allow government officials to stick their hands it – it was not created to be their secret slush fund!!

It’s PRETTY DAMN simple and yet no one has the balls to do it!

derwin
derwin
5 years ago

i say no and lets have all the government employees retirement get dumped into the social security fun. stop giving away money to foreign countries until this is fixed . get back all the money that obama gave away as bribes

if we let them have the easy way out and just keep raising the age limit this will come up again. need to fix the waste first

Bert
Bert
5 years ago

Leave it alone! It was solvent until politicians decided to take from it for other things! It should be a separate fund and NOT TOUCHED!!!!!!

Susan Wood
Susan Wood
5 years ago

That our social security. Stop greedy politicians, impose term limits, stop welfare & medical to all illegals. Pay down national debt.

wade snyder
wade snyder
5 years ago

it upsets me to here about cuts to a program that people have worked and paid for themselves, while we don’t here about cuts to say welfare, or sending billions over seas. Common sense has no place in Washington!!

Merry Buban
Merry Buban
5 years ago

No to all of these options! Restore the fund to solvency beyond 2034!
Stop taking $ out of the SS fund for other things. Immediately remove the Cap on SS taxes, everyone should contribute all year no matter what their income.

Jan
Jan
5 years ago

I believe Social Security should crack down on people who are drawing disability and are physically able to work. I can name at least 10 people right now, that live near me who are drawing disability, yet do their own yardwork, take ski vacations and are in good shape. If this handout was stopped and people who aren’t citizens weren’t drawing Social Security, I don’t believe we’d have a shortage of money.

Charles
Charles
5 years ago

One option is missing, Allow the retirees to starve, Having lees to feed, The remaining will further the the next quarterly retire population, Or politician’s can start reducing and repaying for raises and benefits they assumed over their LIFE in POLITICS, Pensions, Investments, ( If they are such bad accountants where as they knew the monies were not available in future budgets , Deliberately stealing funds from Social Security, Then they can consider it a fine, Retired or not, … The people SUE the Congress. ! ) Over ratted pay, etc. This should bring in an avg. of $16 Billion – $ 25 Billion. Min.

Jeff
Jeff
5 years ago

Stop all foreign aid until the money that was stolen is back into an account that politicians can never steal from again
Repatriate all of the money from every politician that voted to steal our money. They should not be rewarded for stealing from the American people they should be prosecuted for theft everyone of them

Mr. David
Mr. David
5 years ago

Amac, you better be careful. AARP started a liberal big government push, and that is WHY YOU EXIST! We do not support it, and do not want to fund an organization that does! Keep it up and your enrollment figures will start to shrink…
Honestly, I would opt out, take all the money I have put into SS and fund my retirement myself. Then, I do not have a bunch of Govt bean counters telling me when I can start receiving the money I earned!

Hazel Thomas
Hazel Thomas
5 years ago

NO! Put SS back in lockbox and keep the Bushes (GE) $2.6T & Obummer $700,000.00 hands off OUR money! Halliburton loved Bush! Made them super rich & Seniors dirt poor! Get this thing right! Not Seniors but gd politicians!

Rich
Rich
5 years ago

Simple, give me the money you took you crook. The politicians of both parties do what they want with our money, lock box, what a joke. Keep the government out of my back pocket, they waste, loose and use our hard earned money however they want. Accountable, not much, look how many get voted in time after time making it a lifetime job where they become millionaires. Too many people are taken in and vote the same way every time, leaving my vote, just stop taking and wasting money outside of core programs the government should have. Let me live my life and decide where and when my money goes. Get term limits and start straightening out the lawyer to riches avenue of government.

M. Erwin
M. Erwin
5 years ago

Force congress to repay the s.s. Trust fund all of the funds “Borrowed” in full with interest! That should heal Social Security!

Bonnie Clark
Bonnie Clark
5 years ago

Dont like any of these

Don
Don
5 years ago

When will anyone Say increase work credit requirements from 40 to at least 50-60 to qualify. It takes practically NO work to get benefits.

DUANE
DUANE
5 years ago

SS is a government scam. Collected monies should STAY IN THAT FUND AND DRAW INTEREST. COST OF LIVING INCREASES ARE NEVER MATCHED. INCREASE OF INFLATION FOR THE LAST DECADE IS 17.1%. AVERAGE SS INCREASE 1.61% PER YEAR. WHO GETS THE DIFFERENCE? gOVERNMENT DEDUCTS MEDICARE PREMIUMS FROM SS CHECKS. tHAT PREMIUM IN CREASE IS A HIGHER % INCREASE THAN THE COLA. EXAMPLE: $25 PER MONTH INCREASE WIILL HAVE A $3.50 MORE DECREASE DUE TO MEDICARE. MEDICARE FEES SKYROCK AT THE HOSPITALS AND PHARMACIES SO YOU HAVE LESS VALUE IN YOUR CHECK.. AND CONGRESS WANTS A PAY RAISE AND INDEPENDENT BENEFITS. ASK YOUR CONGRESSMAN TO DO THE MATH AND WHAT THEY PERSONALLY DOING ABOUT IT. SILENCE WILL BE THE ANSWER.

M A Rettenberger
M A Rettenberger
5 years ago

Stop giving the money to Illegals and refugees and everyone else that did not pay into the fund.

David Ashworth
David Ashworth
5 years ago

Social security is not a benefit. It was never put there to be spent the way it has been spent. When are the politicians that broke/changed the laws that were established when social security was established going to answer for their actions?

Allan
Allan
5 years ago

No! Put the money back that was stolen from us by crooked politicians and stop giving it to aliens that never put into it. This was for us, paid by us.

IOSEF G VAIDA
IOSEF G VAIDA
5 years ago

The money from the SS funds [earned and saved for the people] was taken out without people’s referendum so let’s tax the [dumbass] people some more. NO. The retirement age should NOT be changed.
Congress should be held accountable and made to return all the funds the government took from the Social Security. The funds were ENTRUSTED to the government to keep and care for FOR THE PEOPLE. That was the people’s hard earned money. No ambiguity about it.

Jim Simpson
Jim Simpson
5 years ago

Grandfather older people, but privatize the system for younger people. Put contributions into a 401k type account where people can choose who they want to manage their money. Eventually, get rid of this socialist system.

Donald A Imler
Donald A Imler
5 years ago

No, it would not be fair to those that have paid into it all those years with a date in mind to retire. Congress should be under same system as we tje people!
Put it back the way it was and out of the politicians control, and do not give it to any that did not pay into it!
I was told when I applied for the forth time in four years (in Fortlaurdale, FL) that if I were Cuban I could have it tomorrow but because I paid into it I would need a lawyer to get what was owed me in 1996. I went four years without a penny income and wiped out my saving, because bills keep coming. I was also told that the Lake City, FL office had lost my file, after a long hunt it was found (by a lawyer from legal ade) in a stack in the corner of a room, and after four years all the information I had provided not one letter or any other facts. So it ment start over.
That was not right then and is still not!
I got a lawyer and went before a judge and he set my start date back four years witch ment the lawyer got more and I got less, when all back payments and loans wer paid broke again!

Henry (hank) Seramur
Henry (hank) Seramur
5 years ago

They should keep it the same but with Congress to repay all the money they have stolen from it in the past 100 years.

CYNTHIA KRAKOFF
CYNTHIA KRAKOFF
5 years ago

THERE IS NO GOOD CHOICE!!!!! I AM SO ANGRY!!! STOP ALL THE PAYOUTS TO ILLEGALS AND THE GOVERNMENT MUST RESTORE AND PAY US ALL BACK FOR TAKING “OUR” MONEY PAID OUT FOR OUR SOCIAL SECURITY… STOP STEALING OUR MONEY… WE EARNED IT… IT IS NOT A GOVERNMENT “GIFT”!!!

WHY MUST WE, AMERICANS BE MADE TO CONTINUE TO SUFFER AT THE HANDS OF OUR GOVERNMENT!!! MEDICARE IS A FREAKING JOKE TOO!!! ON MEDICAID I HAD NO COPAYMENTS FOR MEDICAL, AND NOW BEING THROWN INTO AND FORCED INTO MEDICARE… I AM NOW IN COLLECTIONS FOR ONLY MEDICAL BILLS!!! WHERE are “OUR GOLDEN YEARS”? IT HAS BEEN STOLEN FROM US, WHO WORKED OUR WHOLE LIVES… FOR WHAT? TO BE RIPPED OFF???

MY SOCIAL SECURITY IS ONLY $680 A MONTH… MY FOOD STAMPS HAVE BEEN CONTINUOUSLY LOWERED FROM $200 A MONTH EVEN THOUGH MY INCOME IS STILL THE SAME, TO ONLY $100 A MONTH!!! HOW AM I SUPPOSE TO LIVE ON THAT, AND STILL PAY ALL MY CO-PAYMENTS FOR ANY MEDICAL SERVICES AND MY MEDICATIONS???

CAN I SIGNUP TO BE AN ILLEGAL? THEY HAVE IT BETTER THAN MOST AMERICANS!

Betty
Betty
5 years ago

Stop giving our SS to kids with ADD that have nothing in the system yet. This money is not spent getting help for the child. I see women come in with 3 out of 5 kids getting a check between $500-$700/month for ADD (just because they
can’t behave in class) and the Mom is sitting home doing nothing while the checks keep coming until they are 18 – REALLY!!

john kelly
john kelly
5 years ago

I vote no to restructuring or reducing an insurance policy already agreed to. It should STOP paying people who never paid into it and anyone not retired. It should recover all funds paid to anyone not retired and return them back into the fund. It should hold all politicians, who voted to change the original policy, financially accountable for lost income from the funds they misdirected and used for purposes other than paying people of retirement age.

Ruth Williams
Ruth Williams
5 years ago

I don’t choose ANY of the options given. Make Congress pay Social Security back for all the money that was “borrowed” (i.e. STOLEN) from Social Security. Then SS will be fine.

(disgruntled) c shelton
(disgruntled) c shelton
5 years ago

we need to go back to the orignal plan and get the politicans out of our money none of them know how to handle other peoples monies,and I am an american citizen that has paid into the ssi system for a long time and some on the payroll have not been in the country long enough to be getting free anything least of all ssi. and what about the congress who borrowed our monies when do they have to be responsible and pay us back or do they get to line their own pockets with our monies giving us a choice of the 3 or 4 choices I woud like to see some of congress live on what they want to give us to live on

Gaylen Cardwell
Gaylen Cardwell
5 years ago

First, if Social Security funds had been protected and the same fiduciary responsibility applied to these funds as all other insurance companies are required to do, there would be no shortage of funds. My children wouldn’t have to be paying for the benefits I’m now receiving. For the last 50 years every pay check I’ve received had FICA taxes taken out and the companies I’ve worked for also made a dollar for dollar payment. Where the hell did all that money go? Why wasn’t it carefully invested so it could grow as regular insurance companies do. I recognize there would be some overhead costs; that said, the government has been completely irresponsible for the thousands of dollars both me and the companies I’ve worked for have put into the system. And the fact that members of congress are not covered by this system, but have there own special program just for them is total hypocrisy.

I have just read a great many comments below. I only saw one that was for raising the age. Everyone else, in one way or another, said much of the same things I wrote above.

None of the three options in poll are worth a tinker’s damn. As it is, those of us who’ve paid in for most of our lives are left with no pot to pee in nor a window to throw it out.

Suki
Suki
5 years ago

This topic tears me up. People have worked hard and contributed all of their lives and the government has not been prudent with their money. Now because of their poor choices with our money they want to bail on us. Maybe they stop giving so freely for inappropriate reasons, maybe pay back what they’ve “borrowed”??? I voted in this poll but feel there was not an option that I really agreed with. I’d rather get a full refund as I’m not pleased with my purchase!

Jerry Carroll
Jerry Carroll
5 years ago

I don’t agree with any of your 3 options. Why not start by eliminating fraud, stop using the funds as a welfare system for people that never paid into it, and look at increasing the payroll tax by 1% for both SS and Medicare. That’s .5% for both the employee and employer, or a total of 1% to the employee. 95% of Americans would never notice or feel a 1% tax, while it would promote solvency in SS, and correct any issues with Medicare. 1% would be a 33% revenue increase for Medicare. Enough to expand its coverage. We shouldn’t continue to be bankrupted by supplemental medical costs when we are in the last years of our lives. The 1% would also be an 8% revenue increase for SS, promoting extended solvency.

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