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Social Security and Welfare, Whole New Meanings

Updated on August 12, 2020
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Holding degrees in philosophy and Law. Formal studies or certificates or degrees in business, theology, insurance and security. Ex-preacher.

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Just Common Sense

Social Security is a hot button topic. Most people do not realize that the term did not come from a program. “Social Security” came from, well a concept of social security. The term came from an association pushing for the welfare of seniors. Social Security is all about welfare. Welfare is not a dirty word. It means the welfare of people. “He checked in on my welfare and was sure that I felt alright”.

Just for a second apply welfare and social security to the riots. I think we can say that they lack any social security and are not good for the welfare of the communities. So we all have to ask if the disruption of social security and welfare is justified for some reason. I reckon you could claim that the social violence is necessary for the welfare of minorities. Sorry but that is a real stretch.

We have security in our home. Doors lock, money in the bank (not enough ;-), good police protection, good school for our son, the right to worship and speak our mind.

But wait, many of my neighbors did not fly their American flags for Independence Day. Truly out of fear of attack. That is not social security. Yes I am a neighbor that walks a mile or more a day in the neighborhood and asks such questions while maintaining social distancing. So for civil unrest perhaps it is a battle for who gets security. That sounds strange.

Hey here is one you may not be aware of; you pay for your entire Social Security contribution. Oh for sure. If you are hired for 100K that means your employer can afford to pay about 115K for your position. The employer’s contribution is paid for directly from money you would otherwise receive as pay. That is a no brainer.

How would I fix that problem with the system? That is a really cool question. And it is a question we must constantly ask and constantly adjust the solutions. The current system seems to be working in the “benefits” part, but that is on the backs of workers and not employers. Yet change it and employers will go broke or fire employees – really.

Maybe we should look at tax credits. But in my mind we should be able to do away with this broken system and somehow shift the burden to that great notion of 50% from Employer and 50% from employee.

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Choices

Now, just for me. I would rather that my employer pay into the system their amount and pay me less. I cannot save a buck so having the employer pay into some social security and welfare for my retirement is a good idea. My wife agrees. Look, we live in California. We do not complain about higher taxes. We think we get really good benefits from them. Now we do have serious issues with welfare frauds. And we would like to see more money go into actually into services rather than some or our more “bloated” bureaucracies.

Schools are an interesting one. We expect our schools to do a decent job. And our local one does that and a bit more. But the education and social security of our son is at home. As we see it, raising a child is a family issue and not a school issue as our child’s welfare is our concern. But there are benefits enough at school to where a baseline can be met by any student that has been taught to care about education.

Families can destroy the social security of the child. They can take away the welfare aspect for a child. So sad, but that is something we cannot legislate away. But we can help through private donation and mentoring.

Social security requires social responsibility I think. At least I think I think that. But just assume a mother of two gets hooked on drugs. True addiction is a medical condition. She cannot take good care of her two young school aged children. Well we have serious social security and welfare issues there. Now in many cultures and sub-cultures this is handled one of two ways. Take the children away and let the system take care of the child. Or pay the other “family” members to take care of the child. That is a “welfare” system, not optimum but some type of social security for the children.

Welfare and security of society are great notions. Doing it right is one of the toughest jobs our elected officials have. Of course I am bright enough to yell at a TV and tell them how to do it.

I saw some hogwash about taking benefits away. Totally ridiculous and never intended to happen. But I saw some ideas that suggest getting rid of the current Social Security bureaucracy, I see that they will be tweaking it as we go.

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Grace

Love and compassion. To me that is social security. It just seems to me that a great big real hug contributes to my welfare and feeling of security. I promise you that that is true for children and old people. Yes we still need a roof over our head and food to eat and some medical attention from time to time. Well here, where I live that safety net is there for the simple asking for it. I think that is fine. I think both candidates think that is a good idea.

Too much, “hate this and hate that”. In fact that could be the definition of social insecurity. If someone hates my president that is really not good for my welfare. I did not support most presidents during my lifetime but I never hated one and never did not support them as the leaders of America.

It is cool if you think about it. For social security respect has to flow both ways. The people being lead must respect their leaders and the leaders must respect who they lead. I call that security.

The beauty of uniqueness is in society that is civil. I think it is important to be unique. Therefor I do not expect you to agree with me. I expect you to respect me and that is social security.

So unless you have a derangement syndrome against Mr. Biden, a public servant most his life, against Mr. Trump because he is a unique leader. Let us talk about Social Security and not just throw garbage around to see what sticks.

Social Security is not on anyone’s agenda to destroy. Just as for most, social security is treasured. America is fantastic. And part of the reason is that we have a system where we don’t have to dismantle, we can do better standing on the firm ground knowing we can always fall back safely.

I have lived in many a country and they are unique and worth visiting at least. I could go on about simpler lives being more in touch with nature or the wonders of a fully ordered society. But nowhere is there more democracy and a better safety net. We darned well have a right to fail here and not be lost. Our social security and welfare of all the people makes that possible. Which makes us great.

So we do not have to do all that for our fellow man, but we “get” to. This is a civil society with a love and compassion at the root of most of it.

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    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      5 weeks ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Bill I just checked my huge clock with Roman Numerals and scheduled another great hour. Are we having fun yet?

      We are just all excited around here for another few months of home schooling. But the boy just loves school. And he is in a couple of programs like basketball and Christian group that are fantastic.

      I am so proud of knowing you.

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      William Kovacic 

      5 weeks ago from Pleasant Gap, PA

      I love this, Eric! "As we see it, raising a child is a family issue and not a school issue as our child’s welfare is our concern." Finally, someone agrees with me. We've homeschooled all of our kids and now our grandchildren. People complained, "They won't develop right (Whatever that means), but 30 years later, they're just fine."

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      Danny 

      6 weeks ago from India

      Thanks, Eric, Yes it is due to PM of INDIA that such innovative schemes are seeing the light of day.

      I always believe in the power of multiplication and compounding. I guess every person should follow these principles. The demographics are the power and the quality/price the USP.

      If we multiply the quantity(demographic) to Price(including quality), then I feel no greater social security than this.

      This can apply to any business model we intend to operate.

      The beauty of this Govt. is to cover those people who abhorred the idea of investing in NPS. People are now investing in NPS due to the benefits accrued at the time of maturity along with added tax benefits.

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      Eric Dierker 

      6 weeks ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Danny I was researching the PFRDA and the NPS. What an interesting system that 90% works. India is amazing.

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      Eric Dierker 

      6 weeks ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Linda I agree with you. We do good here a heck of a lot more than bad. I pay and I expect to play. That is so cool. I almost want to work more so my kids have more -- OK not really.

      We are not just getting by we are surthriving!!

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      Danny 

      6 weeks ago from India

      An excellent topic that goes to the roots of the Social security system and depicts what exactly is needed as social security - Money, Love, Grace, truth, etc...

      Eric, you have touched a pressing topic in today's unpredictable times.

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      Linda Rogers 

      6 weeks ago from Minnesota

      Hi Eric-I am not worried about Social Security being extinguished. This program is a gift for all of us who work hard. For them to take away the money we have made would be a travesty, Hope your staying healthy during this pandemic.

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      Eric Dierker 

      6 weeks ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Linda we are on the same page of life. I have been seeing a normalcy of antagonism. Rather sad -- but probably just more "in your face" than the last couple of decades.

      Sometimes Gabe struggles with growing, me too!

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      Linda Lum 

      6 weeks ago from Washington State, USA

      Eric, this will never fly. You are asking people to be reasonable and apply logic (insert eye roll emoji here). If only we could respect each other (and yes, that is a two-way street). Once again, it's all about the love.

      How wonderful that you recognize that instructing your son is your responsibility, not the responsibility of the school. They are there to assist you, but bottom line is this little soul is yours.

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      Eric Dierker 

      6 weeks ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Devika I noticed that Croatia has a hybrid system with private accounts and paying into a system. Very interesting.

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      Eric Dierker 

      6 weeks ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thanks Greg. In researching I kept looking for someone who really wanted to dismantle the system.I could find several that said "the other guy wanted to" but no guy saying that.

      Perhaps I should look into the VA benefits as closely.

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      Devika Primić 

      6 weeks ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Great stuff Eric, it is interesting to know how you point out the logic and common sense. Have an awesome day!

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      Eric Dierker 

      6 weeks ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Bill it is so interesting. Right now with the tiny tiny interest rates -- Savings accounts or any sort don't really make a whole lot of cents. I am afraid that is Economics 303 instead of 101 like I get.

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      Eric Dierker 

      6 weeks ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      John those "raiders" are just constantly at it. I was wondering how much of the funds are from the original concepts and how much from being paid back after a good raid.

      It is amazing that all around the systems actually work.

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      greg cain 

      6 weeks ago from Moscow, Idaho, USA

      Social security is one of the greatest promises our country has made to all of us, for sure. I'm also sure we all would very much like it if the promise were kept. I am confident it will be.

      And after 30+ years serving this great land, I can tell you that nothing could be truer than this statement right here: "The people being led must respect their leaders and the leaders must respect who they lead." That street needs to forever continue to run in both directions.

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      Eric Dierker 

      6 weeks ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Liz you are so right. I was going to add some information on various country's programs but found it was worth an article by itself, especially with the pandemic.From Egypt to the UK to Mexico some issues are the same and some are drastically different.

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      Bill Holland 

      6 weeks ago from Olympia, WA

      I can't save money either, buddy, and Bev is worse than me. As for SS, the third rail of politics, I doubt we will see very many changes to the system. For a politician, that's like political suicide, you know? None of them really want to go much further than discussing it, or so it has seemed for decades now.

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      Eric Dierker 

      6 weeks ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Pamela, this area is fascinating if you can put aside self interest and the politic of the day. I researched homeless shelter availability. Those who want more money say we don't have enough. The statistics people say we have a surplus. So we must be close.

      That is our bottom rung and here we seem to be trying real hard to give welfare there.

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      John Hansen 

      6 weeks ago from Queensland Australia

      Great article here, Eric. All I can say is that social security is a necessity to give every person in society some chance of a normal life. Whenever the Government decides that they need to save money or decrease a deficit the first thing discussed is a crack down on social security entitlements and payments, yet they never consider reducing defence spending etc.

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      Eric Dierker 

      6 weeks ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thank you much Munawar. It seems these are universal issues. We can just keep trying.

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      Liz Westwood 

      6 weeks ago from UK

      At the moment, with so many people falling on hard times and countries going into recession, this is a hot topic.

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      Pamela Oglesby 

      6 weeks ago from Sunny Florida

      I think many people are not accountable at all. I never feel bad about Social Security as I started paying into that system at 16 years of age. It would have more money if Ronald Regan and probably other presidents started borrowing from it for other needs.

      I think your article is excellent and you bring up so many good points. You and your wife seem to agree and are not unhappy with your circumstances. Most of us could use more money but we make ends meet liek you do.

      I think many people are suffering right now due to the Covid virus and no work. If things ever return to normal I hope they can find jobs and not depend on the government.

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      Munawar Hussain 

      6 weeks ago from kot adu

      A good article ..keep a person captured in itself

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      Eric Dierker 

      6 weeks ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Right on the money Flourish. I gave my "man" some water and sun screen and hand sanitizer yesterday. He needed them. He lives up toward West a mile. He is as looney as a tooney. He goes through my recycle every Tues. AM. He keeps it neat and cleans up. My cuz next door says he has been working here for near on 30 years. Mr. Mister is his name.

      Some live below that net. But they are still our brothers.

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      Eric Dierker 

      6 weeks ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Mel, we were up at Skyline Wreck Center and park and saw a postal servant hanging out for lunch in the shade of a tree. We went up and asked if he was Mel Carriere. He had a Friday the 13th mask and two dead bodies in his "jeep". I offered him a beer from my sack and all was good as we carried on.

      Who knows what you guys have in those suspicious looking tote vehicles.

      And I still don't have my check ---- excuse me mr. postman, what check was that?

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      FlourishAnyway 

      6 weeks ago from USA

      We need more of two things: empathy for others and personal accountability. They actually work hand in hand but are often portrayed as being at loggerheads. There will always be people whom the social safety net will not catch. How we define that is the grand dilemma.

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      Mel Carriere 

      6 weeks ago from San Diego California

      All I hear all day is "Mailman where's my check?" I want to yell back "You better check your head instead," but there are too many people carrying cameras these days and I don't want to go viral on social media. You have raised the excellent point that social security starts at home. People expect the government to solve all their problems, but all we the public servants of Uncle Sam really want to do is drink beer on the public nickel.

      Fantastic work as usual.

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