Monday, August 16, 2010

It's Only Money!

We used to hear that saying quite a bit, but now it needs to be amended. I guess it's "only credit now" so we'll just keep spending. I've been a bit out of sorts over the stimulus checks and for that matter all the social security collectors. The previous generations have all held to the notion that "they paid into it." Well, no wonder they consider the math we learned to be "modern." They refuse to deal with a variable, like paying 4 or 5% into the system for 30 years doesn't equal drawing 100% out of the system for another 30 years. See, even modern math can't make that work out. Then when I heard someone with money of the younger collectors make the statement that the wealthy didn't need to collect, but he was "cashing in on social security." See he doesn't think he paid in all he plans to collect, he's cashing in. Now, it's slated to operate in the red this year with more being paid out than collected, but I think the rest of us need to take a different perspective, otherwise it's just going to make us mad. So, here's the different perspective. Our nation has been running for several years now with young women just now entering the work force that basically received higher education, child care, and health care on the government's dime, anyway, so as Americans, some of us got "ours" on the front end of their work career. Then there's always been the group that do what we want, spend what we want and file bankruptcy, so basically, another group that gets what's coming, a little early, or at least gets a break from paying piper or fiddler or whatever. Then of course, there is the fact that a huge percentage of the work force actually works for some level of government, anyway, so that group is already collecting on what is being collected. It's getting clearer and clearer that this economy just can't hold up to all the demands, but the way we operate, there isn't just one group to blame. It would seem most of us at some point are going to get "ours," it's just a different times of life. After all, it's fleeting, it's only money!
For we came into the world with nothing, and we are not able to take anything out; . . . New Testament
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