Scott Rasmussen’s column about “makers vs. takers” is misleading to say the least. First he says that although 47 percent of people get government assistance, only 11 percent consider themselves dependent upon government. Really? Then let’s stop giving the other 36 percent their government assistance. It would go a long way toward solving our debt crisis. And it would prove they really aren’t dependent on the government.
Second, he says the Social Security people receive is “in exchange for premiums paid.” But these are not premiums, and this is not insurance. Social Security is a tax levied on some to pay for benefits conveyed on others, and these benefits are not necessarily related to their contributions.
The Social Security myths need to stop. They are a ploy by politicians (and pundits such as Rasmussen) to sway public opinion. And this has gone on far too long.
W. Brian Harris