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Social Security may or may not be worth saving. Much as with Girl Scout Cookies, the issue is probably one of framing. To be quite clear: The Social Security program isn't an investment. I think that's the most difficult concept for me to get through my head. I'm…

Social Security may or may not be worth saving. Much as with Girl Scout Cookies, the issue is probably one of framing.

To be quite clear: The Social Security program isn’t an investment. I think that’s the most difficult concept for me to get through my head. I’m not socking away money so that I’ll have it later when I retire. I’m providing it so that the government can give it to someone else.

While I don’t necessarily have a problem with giving to those less fortunate, I really dislike that we’re absolutely forced to do so. You simply cannot opt-out of Social Security. On occasion, you may be able to get off a spammer’s mailing list. Not Social Security. Once you’re in, you’re in for good.

I can understand the concept behind the program – providing a safety net of sorts for people who are unable to provide their own. What really torks me, though, is that it’s one more example (in a growing list of them) of how our country is governed to the least common denominator.