and respectable American charities relieve enormous suffering at
home and around the world. Thousands of people support them selflessly
with their time, their wealth and their love.
and bureaucrats, however, have long exploited this basic human urge
to help others in need. With Social Security and other programs,
they have socialized economic aid to compel what should be voluntary.
To gain votes, they encourage more and more members of society to
look on themselves as "underprivileged" and thus "entitled"
to be supported by their fellows.
To make matters
worse, current Social Security Administration (SSA) rules permit
those with no need for its servicesincluding many millionairesto
receive benefits. In addition, the average life span is now far
longer than when the act was passed in 1935. Though many senior
citizens continue to be active and able to work beyond the traditional
retirement age, most are forcibly retired by their workplaces onto
government pensions. As a result, the ratio of contributors-to-beneficiaries
grows smaller every year. (In 1950, it was 16.5 to 1; by 1980 it
had shrunk to only 3.3 producers supporting every non producer.)
One needs only
basic math and common sense to know that this trend cannot continue
forever. Even the establishment press has begun to call for changes
in what has been an illogical and immoral system from the start.
In "The Case For Killing Social Security," Time noted,
don't add upand the politicians won't own up. The only way
to avert disaster is to start changing the system now. . . . For
government to pay pensions to the advancing tide of baby boomers
will almost certainly require stunning benefit reductions or huge
tax increases. More likely both. After years of fiscal and political
fickleness, an explosive conclusion.
however the changes are made, they will be painful. The longer we
wait, the worse they will hurt. As Steven R. Covey (The 7 Habits
of Highly Effective People) said in a recent interview, I would
say institutionalized dependency, where people have transferred
the responsibility for their lives to bureaucracies [is the greatest
challenge facing the workplace and society]. The social contract
has changed. It is going, if it is not gone now. It is going to
be very disillusioning to people who are dependent on institutions.
There has to be a new social contract set up where everyone takes
responsibility for themselves.
I am encouraged
by the power of the global economy to drive quality, which drives
trust cultures, which drives trustworthiness. I'm discouraged by
the amount of irresponsible behavior by people who are still blaming
and being part of a victim mentality. Those people are going to
suffer the most, blame the most. They are going to try to effect
social and political will behind government moving in, killing free
trade, outsourcing, mandating income equality for all people, things
of this nature. And that will kill the economic engine that makes
everything happen. People must take charge of their own times. What
do YOU think?
pressure to find a workable solution to the mess, Congress has commissioned
numerous studies. Since their recommendations are always unpleasant,
it has never implemented the fundamental changes needed. As an example
of their specious reasoning (if a particularly egregious one), consider
the following statement made by Senator William Proxmire during
the Congressional Joint Economics Committee meeting of May 27, 1976.
32-to-34 millions voters were then receiving Social Security benefits,
Sen. Proxmire said, Can you imagine a Senator or Congressman under
those circumstances saying, we are going to repudiate that high
a proportion of the electorate? No. Furthermore, we have the capacity
under the Constitution, the Congress does, to coin money, as well
as to regulate the value thereof. And therefore we have the power
to provide that money. And we are going to do it. It may not be
worth anything when the recipient gets it, but he is
going to get his benefits paid. (Emphasis added).
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