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Social Security is 75: Scary Facts About America's Pension Crisis

As the first of the 80 million Baby Boomers have begun to retire, it has become increasingly apparent that the United States is facing a pension crisis of unprecedented magnitude. State and local government pension plans are woefully underfunded, dozens of large corporate pension plans either have collapsed or are on the verge of collapsing, Social Security is a complete and total financial disaster and about half of all Americans essentially have nothing saved up for retirement. See 22 scary statistics > So yes, to say that we are facing a retirement crisis would be a tremendous understatement. There is simply no way that we can keep all of the financial promises that we have made to the Baby Boomer generation. Unfortunately, the crumbling U.S. economy simply cannot support the comfortable retirement of tens of millions of elderly Americans any longer. The truth is that we are all going to have to start fundamentally changing the way that we think about our golden years. Once upon a time, you could count on getting a big, fat pension if you put 30 years into a job. But now pension plans everywhere are failing. State and local governments are cutting back and are raising retirement ages. A majority of Americans have even lost faith in the Social Security system, which was supposed to be the most secure of them all. The reality is that we are moving into a time when there is not going to be such a thing as "financial security" as we have known it in the past. Things have fundamentally changed, and we are all going to have to struggle to stay above water in the economic nightmare that is coming. Part of the reason we have such a gigantic economic mess on the way is because we have promised vastly more than we can deliver to future retirees. When you closely examine the numbers, it quickly becomes clear that a financial tsunami is about to hit us that is going to be so devastating that it will change everything that we know about retirement.

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Comment by David McElroy
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 The Social Security system is not "broken", it was robbed! Government has repeatedly spent the funds deducted from paychecks specifically for Social Security, blowing the money on wars and pork projects during the productive years when surpluses were common. The money was never replaced or invested, certainly not held in a trust fund. Thieves in Congress took it. Now the Baby Boomers are limping home to roost in their elder years to find government doesn't have the promised Social Security and considers them to be "useless eaters" to receive "rationed" healthcare per Obamacare.

Seniors are being demonized by spinmeisters who label Social Security as an "entitlement" like it was a charity.... rather than another fraud perpetrated by government ponzi scheming.  When we pay into a program for about 50 years, yes, we are entitled to a return. When you pay, you are entitled to the product or service purchased. Seniors did no wrong, Congress is the criminal syndicate that should be made to pay for their crimes against America!

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