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spousal benefits were designed to provide financial protection to a spouse who spent her life raising a family rather than working at a job and making FICA contributions.

And that is exactly what I have done, of course after spending many years putting into SS on my own.

The spousal benefits are provided to married people, regardless of whether they produced any children.

And as I said, no data point should be looked at in isolation. Think of all those who have suffered the "marriage penalty" from having two married people fully employed and disadvantaged tax wise from a two earner couple POV. It is so totally a straw man to say that YOU HAVE BENEFITED FROM SS BECAUSE YOU ARE A COUPLE producing future earners, as opposed to you have been taxed excessively because you are a two income couple. A datum point without reference is meaningless.

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