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The unspoken democratic "solution" to this problem is having rich people pay more, and means testing more well-off people.

You're right, it's "unspoken." In fact, it must be very unspoken, since I have never heard anyone except Seattle Pioneer (he's a Democrat?) advocate this "solution."

Perhaps you have an inside pipeline to "Democratic solutions" which Democrats are not "speaking." Perhaps you are just making something up and ascribing it to someone else. In less polite circles that usually means "you are full of crap."

How is it "socialism" to get back, later in life, the money which you and/or your spouse put in earlier in life?

That isn't what social security does. I thought you knew that.

Ah, you are right, you got me. It isn't the same exact dollar bills. Of course when you put money in the bank and then go back and get it later it isn't the exact same dollar bills, either, but if you want to trip around technicalities like that, help yourself.

People put money into the system, which is used to pay some people's benefits. For that they are accrued an obligation on the part of the system, which will be paid later according to the same system. This program is not so complicated, although I understand that after only 70 years of performance, there are still many people who cannot fathom its mysterious workings.
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