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Senators Evaluate Changes to Social Security

It’s way late, but I’m glad that this is back on the table.

On the table, according to Semafor, is gradually raising the retirement age to 70 and creating a $1.5 trillion sovereign wealth fund, which would invest in stocks.


That fund would be separate from the already existing Social Security Trust Fund. If it underperformed, Social Security would be shored up by increasing the maximum taxable income and payroll taxes.

Raising the retirement age should be a no-brainer. Should be… people are living longer.

I don’t like the idea of a sovereign wealth fund. Leaving $1.5 trillion for politicians to plug into the private equity markets is a recipe for corruption and graft. Not only is it a massive target for corrupt people to direct funds into the pockets of their friends and families, but it is likely to be used for political virtue signaling. Is it difficult to believe that interests like global warming, equity, and reparations might take priority over getting a good return for the retirees? And why not? If the risk of a bad investment will be borne by the taxpayers anyway, there is no penalty for making terrible decisions.

Entitlements Are Still Going Bankrupt

Just a heads up that government spending and entitlements are still a problem that will bankrupt and/or destabilize this country if we don’t do something about it.

New York (CNN)In 16 years, Social Security will have to cut benefits by 21% if lawmakers do nothing to cure the program’s long-term funding shortfall.

That’s what the Social Security and Medicare trustees projected in their 2018 annual report released Tuesday.
The trustees estimate that by 2034 the combined trust funds for Social Security — which help fund the old age and disability programs — will run dry. At that point Social Security will be able to pay only 79% in promised benefits to retirees and disabled beneficiaries.
Those projections are roughly on par with last year’s report, which estimated the combined Social Security trust funds would be tapped out by 2034 and would then only be able to pay out 77% of benefits.
For the first time since 1982 Social Security’s costs will exceed its payroll income plus interest from the $2.9 trillion trust funds. That means it now must start drawing down principal in the trust fund to continue paying promised benefits in full.




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