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Nobody said that the well off middle class retiree like yourself should get a free ride.

Hang on a sec. I think you're under the impression that we're "well off middle class who do not need Social Security". Not so! I was laid off in my late fifties with no pension (just my own hard saved and rather small IRA), and my wife was a PART TIME teacher for many years, so she has no pension, either. Social Security represents a large part of our income, so we DO depend on it.

You have other assets and income you could be using to support yourselves. Therefore, you aren't indigent. Why pay benefits to people who don't need them?

And you chose to quit working in your late fifties. You were and are healthy enough to work at some job if you wished to do so. Personally, I'd eliminate early retirement options from Social Security altogether, since they encourage people like yourself to quit working when they can't really afford to do so without government subsidies.

Early retirement is a luxury. If you can't afford it ---keep working.

<<In other words, yet again, I was commenting about unnecessary difficulties suffered by OTHERS. Is that a bad thing to comment about? Does it have to mark me as some kind of political animal?

Life is stressful. People have to choose among hundreds of different boxes of cerial when they go to the store, too. There are hundreds of different companies peddling auto insurance ---- do you find find these choices overwhelming as well?

Sorry Vermonter, but your complaints are those of a spoiled child.

Seattle Pioneer
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