The Military Industrial Complex Wants Your Social Security Money
President General Dwight Eisenhower warned us years ago that we should beware the influence of the growing Military-Industrial Complex. They lobby for more federal money regardless of the actual security needs of the nation. And with resources getting tighter, there is only so many places that money can come from.
With just using more debt no longer an option, politicians are being forced to take sides. Increasingly, they are siding with the MIC over Social Security. You can't get more establishment than former Democratic Vice Presidential Candidate Joe Liberman. Liberman spoke at the Republican national convention. There is a long back-story there, but the point is that Lieberman is well-connected in both political gangs which have seized our government from the people. Here he is saying that we need to cut social security in order to keep military funding high.
The establishment wants my grandmother's social security check to fund their global interventions. But Social security is the one program that is actually fully funded. The people who are getting the benefits for the most part are those that paid into the system for years. In fact, there is a 1.7 trillion dollar trust fund built up from extra payments. Of course, the politicians stole all of that money in that trust fund, and spent it on current operations. There is nothing in that fund now but a bunch of IOUs that can only be paid back if taxes are raised. In other words we are forced to pay again for what we already paid for the first time. If a private employer did that with his retired employee's pension funds he would be sent to prison, and rightly so.
Look, I don't think a mandatory federal SS program is constitutional. I would like to see it all transferred to the states in the hopes that at least some of them would not steal all the money in the "trust fund" as the politicians from both parties in Washington D.C. have done. I know that as people live longer we can't keep retiring at 67 (or younger). But I am dead set against the Military Industrial Complex getting their claws on one penny of Social Security money, or reducing benefits to the elderly who paid in for decades. Social Security may be an entitlement program, but its not a welfare program. It is a mandatory social insurance program. The government made people pay in the premiums, they should not be permitted to reneg on the payouts.
Unfortunately, the Republican Presidential candidates are mostly beholden to the Military Industrial Complex. I only see one candidate among them that will make protecting Senior's social security benefits a higher priority than funding the military industrial complex. His name is Ron Paul.