"They are socialistic, they foster dependency on the government, they are income-transfer programs, they shift responsibility from the individual and families to society and the state, they are wealth-redistribution plans, they contribute to class warfare, they are collectivist, they crowd out real charity, they are social-engineering schemes."
But this definition misses the fact that SS and Medicare are bait-and-switch frauds.
The money stolen from wage-earners is clearly labeled "Social Security" and "Medicare" under the paycheck "Deduction" column. (Unemployment comp doesn't "show up" in paychecks since it's already factored into the lower wage that's offered because it's an expense the employer is coerced into covering.)
But instead of giving our own deducted SS and Medicare money back to us during our retirement years as promised the criminal politicians steal it and replace it with IOUs.
Then when the IOUs come due they simply continue the bait-and-switch con on the next generation of workers to make good on their phony promises.
Ponzi schemes work by paying earlier investors with money acquired from more recent investors until the scammer runs out of new investors and the whole swindle collapses.
Nobody blames Madoff's earliest investors for stealing from his more recent investors; everyone rightly blames Bernie Madoff.
Yet many, including some libertarians, blame seniors for "stealing" from recent workers instead of blaming government.
If the money that Madoff defrauded from all of his investors could have been recovered it would have been returned to those investors in an effort to make them whole.
In the same way, if the money that politicians defrauded from all workers, old and young, could be recovered it should be returned to all workers in an effort to make them whole.
It should be clear to libertarians that all of America's seniors were defrauded by America's politicians and the fraud against all of America's younger wage-earners continues.
So why does government get a pass while Madoff gets blamed, and why do Madoff's earliest investors get a pass while the government's earliest victims, today's seniors, get blamed?
Blaming the victim for being victimized is a hallmark of the sociopathic mind.
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