Yesterday I read an interesting opinion piece from Jayhawk over at billsandiego.blogspot.com concerning whether or not Social Security is an entitlement. He is of the opinion that it is an entitlement and that this is not necessarily a bad thing. I have to agree frankly.
Most working people have paid into the Social Security system for years and have been under the impression that funds would be available for retirement. We have been assured this is to be so. In the recent years we have been hearing much about the govt "borrowing" from this fund and and issuing an IOU. Now we hear that there will soon be no money and our gentleman's agreement with the feds may be null and void and that they will have stolen more of our money with nothing in return.
I wonder just how much of this money that is "borrowed" from the system has been earmarked for foreign aid. I chose Egypt as a random example and find that as of 2011 the U.S. gives approx 1.5 billion of dollars in aid to this particular Mohammaden nation.
What does this have to do with one Brian Wingfield? Young Brian is a journalist of sorts who has done a good bit of work with Forbes, NYT (of course), and others. Fine and good for him I suppose. Why is he an idiot? In his Jan 2011 article in Forbes he points out that our foreign aid to Egypt goes to promote "peace and security." (A lot has transpired in Egypt since Jan 2011 to be sure and it does not appear that all this aid for this "peace and security" is working out so well). He concludes that Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid should be looked at (scrapped?) in reducing the deficit and that foreign aid should be only "scrutinized."
I don't believe him. I wager he is paying lip service to the "scrutinization" of foreign aid. Wingfield holds a degree from Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies. Of course he would have a globalist outlook. Johns Hopkins in not Ivy League to be sure but I would imagine that the graduates are of the same mind.
Now, to be fair, Wingfield does point out that all foreign aid is "only" about 1.7 percent of the total budget (2010) and that the govt pump over 100 billion into propping up the banking sector in 2008, and that over half of our budget goes into various entitlements including Social Security and Medicare.
He may have a point here, but he misses the fact that most working people have no choice to pay into the Social Security system with the understanding that there would be a return at some point.
When I hear the thoughts and observe the action of our intelligentsia I almost always come to the conclusion that they would sell their fellow citizens down the river in their quest for a more perfect world. They believe they are good and right. They believe they know more than the rest of us. It is not necessarily true that they are evil people, but, they are certainly ignorant of what is good for the nation's health. Traitors many of them. They don't mean to be and would be highly offended if one points out their treasonous ideas and actions. They are traitors none the less. Whether they understand this does not matter.
Social Security? I've paid in and I want some return. This is not a "red" or "blue" issue. It is much deeper than that.