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August 22, 2009


Rasmussen - Forty-nine percent of U.S. voters say working Americans should be allowed to opt out of Social Security and provide for their own retirement planning. A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 37% disagree and do not believe Americans should be able to opt out of Social Security. Fifteen percent are not sure. A majority of voters under 50 say workers should be allowed to opt out. A plurality of those over 50 disagree. . .

Sixty-two percent of Republicans like the idea of letting workers opt out, as do 54% of voters not affiliated with either major party. But just 33% of Democrats agree. Nearly half of Democratic voters are opposed to letting workers opt out of Social Security.


Anonymous Mairead said...

The propaganda is working, I see.

Anyone who thinks they can put together a better retirement annuity by using the stock market has either never used the stock market, or has no life apart from the stock market.

The insiders game it relentlessly, so that anyone not an insider might as well go out to Vegas and spend their money at those casinos instead. At least there they'd get their rooms, drinks, and meals comp'd.

August 23, 2009 7:40 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

How can these people that want to opt-out look at themselves in the mirror?

The previous eight years, corporate wellfare and tax-breaks for millionaires has only strengthened the self-righteous greed seen among those that already got theirs.

I would have thought that the various 'bubbles' like dot.com, Wall Street, and then Housing, would have proven that money can be a fickle thing.

And now, in the wake of the devistation left by Dubya et al, there are still those that have no concept, or respect for, the common man. Or that we should have a certain responsibility for those around us in this 'artificial construct' called a capitalistic society.

Social Security is a literal "Life Saver". It doesn't make anybody rich. But even for people who worked all their lives with a normal job, it can make a big difference. And for people who didn't make a lot of money and don't have a pension, or when their employer screws them out of their pension, or their 403b is decimated by the market, Social Security will become a necessity.

This is what a government is for.

And don't even talk to me about 'privatization' of the Social Security system... I think we all know how well that would turn out.


August 23, 2009 10:59 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

As the number of small investors (i.e. gullible suckers) goes down, the drumbeat for privatizing Social Security will go up. Privatizing Social Security will be a way for the common man to show his commitment to "the market" and the democracy of the pocketbook. Got that? Good! Now stop all that negative talk.

August 23, 2009 11:45 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Okay so we're citing Rasmussen again like it's an authoritative source--AGAIN?

August 24, 2009 2:23 PM  

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