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Subject:  Re: Attitude Question - SS Date:  3/14/2016  1:28 PM
Author:  Hawkwin Number:  79298 of 97361

It is vital to remember that what you pay to social security is a TAX. It's not insurance. It's not a pension program. It's a tax. There is no account with money in it set aside for your personal benefits. The money is gone and no longer yours. It belongs to the government.

While that is most certainly true, the benefit one receives from SS is directly based on the amount of tax one paid into the program. It isn't like other taxes that go to the general fund where you have no connection at all between what you pay and, for example, how much you get back in the form food stamps.
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