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. . . half of all Americans aged between eighteen and twenty-nine don’t think that Social Security will exist when they retire.

The wealthy, powerful masters of the right's groupthink have been very successful at repeating the meme about "Social Security and Medicare won't be there by the time I retire." They realize that people who are in retirement or closing in on it are never going to favor cutting off their retirement safety net. They have to convince young people, who don't generally have a clue about retirement needs and can't concieve of ever needing financial or medical help, to accept that these programs have nothing to do with their lives.

I used to give presentations on "Engineering Your Retirement" and was invited a few times to present to groups of young engineers at the beginning of their careers. I was surprised how many of them were comfortable repeating that they believed that Social Security and Medicare would not be around when they retired. My guess is that it was more like 75% of the audience than 50% cited in this article. But when I questioned them about why they believed that, they really had almost no knowledge about the programs or government spending or long-term economic issues.
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