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Liberal Utopia Inching Closer: Social Security Expected to Run Out of Money Sooner Than Expected

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If the novel coronavirus did nothing else, it gave Liberals a blanketed excuse for their horrendous policies. According to an annual government report, the Social Security trust fund most Americans rely on for retirement will be out of money in as soon as 12 years.

CNBC reports the 12-year prediction is “one year sooner than expected” and “the outlooks, aggravated by the Covid pandemic, also threatens to shrink retirement payments and increase health-care costs for older Americans.” Essentially, everything Democrats were already accomplishing, sans their lucky COVID-19 excuse.

The “financial outlook for Social Security and Medicare, two of the nation’s preeminent safety net programs, has deteriorated over the past year as Covid hastened retirements and caused a contraction in the size of the U.S. labor force” reports CNBC. Again, the result of Democratic policies and horrific government overreach under the guise of saving the world from the coronavirus.

CNBC reports:

The Treasury Department oversees two Social Security funds: The Old-Age and Survivors Insurance and the Disability Insurance Trust Funds. Those programs are designed to provide a source of income respectively to former workers who have retired at the end of their careers or to those who cannot work due to a disability.

Officials said that the Old-Age and Survivors trust fund is now able to pay scheduled benefits until 2033, one year earlier than reported last year. The Disability Insurance fund is estimated to be adequately funded through 2057, eight years earlier than in the report published in 2020.
Though the two funds are separate under law, the Treasury Department said the hypothetical combined funds would be able to pay scheduled benefits on a timely basis until 2034.

Senior administration officials said in a press briefing Tuesday afternoon that a spike in deaths among retirement-age Americans in 2020 helped keep the programs’ costs lower than projected. They added that the ultimate, long-term impact of the coronavirus is less clear as costs and revenues return to their extended forecasts.

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3 Comments

3 Comments

  1. Mia

    September 6, 2021 at 10:41 am

    Why do they act as if this is free money when WE pay into it abd its OURS already?? Vote Dems OUT!

  2. Linda L Belthius

    September 15, 2021 at 3:36 pm

    Just waiting for my age group to die off. My children and Grandchildren are going to pay the price for the Dems arrogance…

  3. 2tellthetruth

    September 16, 2021 at 10:49 am

    #VOTETHEMOUT! I VAPE AND HAVE FOR 11 YEARS. NOW THEY WANT TO TAX NICOTINE LIQUID, SO IT’S TOO EXPENSIVE TO QUIT SMOKING! UNLESS BIG PHARMA PROFITS YOU CAN’T QUIT SMOKING THIS WAY UNLESS YOU PAY 60% VAT TAX. IT’S THE SAME GAME, THE SAME PLAYERS! DEMOCRATS THINK THEY ARE ENTITLED TO OUR MONEY, LIVES AND EVEN OUR COMINGS AND GOINGS.

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Inflation Spiked 7% Past Year, Highest Since 1982

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With a 7% spike from last year, inflation has increased at its fastest pace in 40 years. On Wednesday, the labor department reported its measure of inflation “that excludes volatile food and gas prices jumped 5.5% in December, the fastest such increase since 1991. Inflation rose 0.5% overall from November, down from 0.8% the previous month” reports the Associated Press.

National Review reports “the consumer price index, a major inflation gauge, for all items surged 0.5 percent for the month and 7.0 percent for the last twelve months ending in December, representing the largest annual spike since June 1982, when inflation hit 7.1 percent.”

Housing prices and used cars and trucks contributed the most weight to the all items surge. But prices for cars, gas, food and furniture all rose sharply as part of a rapid recovery from the pandemic recession, “that was fueled by vast infusions of government aid and emergency intervention by the Fed, which slashed interest rates.”

Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell testified before the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs Tuesday, warning monetary policy is constrained in its power to curb inflation by the current “era of persistently low interest rates.” Ordinarily, the Fed can hike rates to slow down an overheating economy.

“Recovering from the pandemic, the economy has rebounded well but a bit too fast for many moving parts to catch up to, Powell noted, as supply chains still struggle to meet demand across consumer sectors, resulting in inventory shortages on store shelves and prolonged shipping delays” reports National Review.

“The economy has rapidly gained strength despite the ongoing pandemic, giving rise to persistent supply and demand imbalances and bottlenecks, and thus to elevated inflation. We know that high inflation exacts a toll, particularly for those less able to meet the higher costs of essentials like food, housing, and transportation,” said Powell.

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Federal Debt Equals Roughly $287,859 Per Income-Tax-Paying Household

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The Biden administration wants to increase any taxes they can get their grubby hands-on, and CNS News explains why: because they need it. In an analysis, CNS writes about how as Congress “worked in recent days to increase the legal limit on the federal debt, the Treasury kept that debt artificially frozen at approximately $28.9 trillion, where it stood at the beginning of this week.”

With the limit lifted, the federal debt will increase, “then keep steadily climbing, constantly increasing the burden on future taxpayers.” Here’s the analysis:

In 2018, according to the last complete annual report on individual income tax returns published by the Internal Revenue Service, there were 100,424,240 households in the United States that filed what the IRS calls a “taxable return.” “The taxable and nontaxable classification of a return for this report is determined by the presence of ‘total income tax,'” explained the IRS.

“‘Total income tax,'” it said, “was the sum of income tax after credits.”

In other words, the 100,424,240 households that filed a “taxable return” in 2018 actually paid income taxes to the federal government.

If you divide the $28,908,004,857,445 in debt that the federal government owed before the debt limit was liftedby the 100,424,240 American households that paid net income taxes in 2018, it works out to approximately $287,859 per income-tax-paying household.

In order to understand the magnitude of what this means, CNS compares numbers to 1989:

The year that President Ronald Reagan left office, there were 89,178,355 income-tax-paying households in the United States, according to the IRS. At the end of January that year, the federal debt was $2,697,957,000,000.

That means the federal debt then equaled approximately $30,253 per income-tax-paying household.

Even when the January 1989 federal debt of $30,253 per income-tax-paying household is adjusted into November 2021 dollars (using the Bureau of Labor Statistics inflation calculator), it equals only approximately $69,437.

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