I scan the web for information on many topics and opinions. I’m fascinated how easy it is for misinformation to shape individual opinions and frequently resulting in policy changes. Here’s a recent example.
Note the “Congress couldn’t mess with it and misuse its funds.” Not true at all. Congress has not misused the funds.
And then we have the philosophy that to get out of the funding mess we should abandon the eighty plus year funding method for Social Security and simply shift the problem to higher income Americans in an attempt to correct a distorted view of fairness.
“I was not OK.” “Despite Social Security assurances?” Based on what the writer below says, why would there have been any surprise at the financial impact of a spouses death? Sorry, I don’t get it. No sympathy either.
Letter to the editor:
Social Security anxiety TRIBUNE-REVIEW | Monday, March 15, 2021 8:00 a.m.
I felt compelled to respond to Tom Purcell’s column “Biden, Social Security, my retirement and the wealthy” (Feb. 15, TribLIVE). I remember going through the same anxiety prior to my retirement. My husband and I had been paying into Social Security from around 1960 until we retired together around 2000. With each of us having Social Security checks coming in, we were OK.
However, when my husband died in 2014, and despite Social Security assurances, I was not OK. Had it not been for some pensions we had, I would be struggling today. If the private pension plan had been in place for Social Security so Congress couldn’t mess with it and misuse its funds, we would have no concerns about its fiscal survival.
Those with the highest earnings got great tax cuts a few years back, so I don’t sympathize with their whining about raised Social Security payments.
The Rev. Nancy S. Mears Ligonier