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The "tip" is quite modest, and if that is what you are using to define it as a "welfare" program, well, it seems a minor point, at least to me. And high income earners stop paying any SS security taxes at all after their first $106,000 or so, so I'm not really convince how awful this is.

It is high wage earners who pay, not high income earners, unfortunately. If your income is from non-wage sources, then you don't pay SS taxes. That seems somewhat unfair.
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