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By Tim Slagle - comedian
Do a little math: Find out how much you pay in Social Security per year. Multiply it by two (which is how much you are really paying, because of the so-called "employer contribution"). Multiply that by the number of brothers, sisters, cousins, and working parents you have, then divide it by how many of your four grandparents are still living. Now compare that to how much, i.e., grandmother gets in Social Security. mmmmmmmmm.....imagine how well off granny would be if all her children & grandchildren sent their payroll tax directly to her.
That illustrates another major problem with the system, and our culture in general: the youth no longer want to take care of their elders. Argue as you wish whether this is cause or effect of the system, but now the elders have government thugs to shake us down for granny's support. And this IRS takes a generous cut for their "services".
I would rather the elders went to the Mafia for support. Not only would the Mafia skim less off the top, they also have a code of ethics.
Edited from the July 2004 issue of LIBERTY magazine