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So the difference is $81,000 they have paid in (His $150,000 minus her $69,000), less the $50,000 that he gets in additional payments after Ms. LowIncome is dead, meaning the total difference across both lifetimes is $30k. I guess I don't view that as egregious, although I'm sure some do.

you're maybe arguing cross purposes ..

IMO -- $30k is not 'modest' (the original claim), but is far and FAR from 'egregious'

As has been noted by others in this thread (or elsewhere), the low income people are not getting rich on Social Security, quite the opposite.

my Mother had a friend living on ONLY SS ..and she just got barely enough to keep her self-respect .. enough for food maybe, bbut not for meds and rent (she lived with her children)

If my calculations are somehow wrong, or my assumptions wildly out of reality, please advise.

it's just so much more complicated ... if you try to take into accounts changes over (maybe) 40 yrs of working [ my first year of full time work, i made $2,516 (my last, something like $90k) and FICA was 4.2% ]

one of the fun things about SS is that ,like the blind guys & the Elephant, it CAN be described in many ways ... i've always seen it as a tax. but then, *I* like the bumper-sticker: "Taxes is the price we pay for civilization")
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