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Eric's comments are over the top. SSI taxes are no unconstitutional. The 16th Adm. grants the power to tax on the basis of income. As for the assertion that one does not get a 'fair return' on SSI. The I in SSI stands for Insurance, not investment. The idea is that your payments gurantee you a basic retirement income. Looking at them as a return, in the sense that you look a stocks return, misses the point. By this reasoning, auto insurance, homeowners insurance and most other types of insurance are even worse than SSI since you typical pay more in premiums than you get back.

Also, you are not guranteed a 'return' on your tax dollars. You pay for the police but if you never have to call them you aren't entitled to a refund on the grounds that you didn't get a fair return. Similarly, a person with many kids pays the same property tax as a childless person....the childless person is not entitled to a tax cut because they have no children to send to the local school.
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