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Subject:  Re: Help! My Social Security is in Lucent Date:  7/29/2001  3:39 PM
Author:  YZF1K Number:  46714 of 794365

Where have you been? I've always considered Social Security FICA a tax rather than a retirement contribution I was likely to get back in the future.

That's fine. Rightly or wrongly, most people don't see it that way. In order to disabuse everyone of the notion that they are somehow buying their way into future benefits, let's stop treating it in a way that gives people that impression. Maybe if there were more straightforward debate on the issue -- including politicians standing up and saying, "You know what, that 15% we've been taking doesn't mean