Jeepers. I think John Victor should fight social security in a future novel. I’ve been looking at the numbers, and quite frankly, those federal watchdogs who “care” so much about the people they serve are guarding the wrong people. Or so it seems. Take a two income family from the mid 90’s (where each parent earned just under $26,000). Their returns from social security? $450,000. Their return if they INVESTED in a program similar to what has been given to federal civil service employees? $975,000. And poor, young black men receive even less. MUCH LESS. Don’t believe me? Instead of watching American Idol, Judge Judy or football . . . look up the fed’s Thrift Savings Plan, or benefits from social security. YOU KNOW WHAT? I believe this because at one point in time, I was studying to sell savings plans thru Ben Franklin. If I had been able to save–within one of their plans–the same amount of money I had been forced to put into Social Security, I could have retired VERY COMFORTABLY in my late 40’s. Huh? Too bad I’m in my–well, let’s just say later years–and my expected social security income is on the sub-standard side, like, maybe I should develop a taste for cat food. Go, John Victor, go! Hey! The title of that one should be: The GREED.
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