Ambivalence: How would a pediatrician not be able to afford to retire?
Foxxinnia: Why everyone doesn't just commit suicide on their 66th birthday is just beyond me at this point.
The Irresponsible Captain: some_beer_drinker: [radicalunjobbing.files.wordpress.com image 452x433]how many farking times do i have to post this. universal basic income. it's what's right. at least for white people. those brown guys are on their own...[img.fark.net image 467x173]Maybe that's one place where Roddenberry picked up his ideas. I've been thinking that we're moving toward a Star Trek economy.Some people in the near future won't work. They won't have to work. Through automation and efficiency the surpluses will be so great that we'll be able to provide a basic living for everyone without an undue burden on those who choose to work.We'll achieve it without replicators or fission. I don't think money will disappear in the foreseeable future, but the way we think about it is going to change as surpluses are used to provide a reasonable standard of living to everyone. We already make enough food to feed the world, it's only a matter of getting it to those in need.Economies will have to change. Governments will have to adapt. People are going to freak out about different "-isms" that are destroying their way of life or their beliefs. In a way the transition will.The thing is, if this is the future coming down the pike then all the hand-wringing and outrage will be for naught. Grizzled old men can sit on their porches and complain about people not getting jobs and children will skip by and laugh at them.
evilmrsock: Mr. Right: Withholding taxes are nothing more than the government clearly stating that those same people it expects to be noble enough to vote it into office are a bunch of deadbeat crooks who cannot be relied on to fulfill their civic responsibility.I like how you've written this sentence as if it defends your position instead of being completely correct.Without taxes being withheld, you would be able to categorize the nation neatly into 2 categories: people who intentionally cheat their taxes, and people who didn't budget correctly to be able to pay them. There will be precisely 17 autistics who manage to pull off correctly calculating their exact taxes and pay it off on time.There is no way you have ever worked freelance or talked with freelance workers and still be able to hold the position that a random selection of educated, middle class people know fark all how to handle their own money, let alone people on the poorer end of the spectrum.
TommyymmoT: Problem is, most companies don't offer retirement benefits anymore, and many of the boomers were living paycheck to paycheck just like the way that more than half the US is living currently, and didn't have the opportunity to put anything away.Especially if you're not making much more than minimum wage after your company 'downsized'.Many lost their retirement money through corporate mismanagement, investments that notably went belly up a few years ago, or lost it through outright white collar theft.Social security simply isn't enough for most people to survive on, and notice I said "survive", not "live comfortably".
dragonchild: Of course it's a tax. Have you ever seen a W2 form? If you've ever worked for a living, you've received one. It says right there on the form, "Social Security Tax". Something is a sham because it works exactly as advertised? Where did you think SS income comes from, a magical piggy bank in the clouds full of rainbows and dreams?
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