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Educate Me On Social Security In The US  
User currently offlineAA61Hvy From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 13977 posts, RR: 57
Posted (9 years 5 months 2 weeks 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 2228 times:

I am 100% ignorant on the subject of social security. I have a fairly important paper upcoming, and I was wondering if those who debate on this subject on here could help me out some.

1.What is Social Security? What was it intended to be and what has it become?

2.Now that there is a great debate in this country concerning reform of the Social Security System, explain the role of each of the following political “actors” in American politics: A. the role of Political Parties in this debate (the two major parties only); B. the role of interest groups in this debate (please pick two interest groups that are particularly active in this debate and explain why); C. the role of Media in this debate (please demonstrate how media performs as the “4th Branch of government” in your answer), and; ultimately, the role of the body politic (voters) in this ongoing debate (how do you view the responsibility of American citizens concerning how our government represents us concerning this issue).
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Now I don't intend, nor do I ask anyone to write the paper for me, though if you could give me a rough outline or a brief summary of what I should look for...I can use you guys as sources-my professor said we do not have to cite sources..hehe!

Any help would be awesome!

Thanks in advance!


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User currently offlineSATL382G From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (9 years 5 months 2 weeks 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 2226 times:

Quoting AA61Hvy (Thread starter):
1.What is Social Security? What was it intended to be and what has it become?

2.Now that there is a great debate in this country concerning reform of the Social Security System, explain the role of each of the following political “actors” in American politics: A. the role of Political Parties in this debate (the two major parties only); B. the role of interest groups in this debate (please pick two interest groups that are particularly active in this debate and explain why); C. the role of Media in this debate (please demonstrate how media performs as the “4th Branch of government” in your answer), and; ultimately, the role of the body politic (voters) in this ongoing debate (how do you view the responsibility of American citizens concerning how our government represents us concerning this issue).

Sounds like it came verbatim from your Prof..... Write it yourself!


User currently offlineAA61Hvy From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 13977 posts, RR: 57
Reply 2, posted (9 years 5 months 2 weeks 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 2222 times:

It did  Wink I did it to save time, because I'm at work and the boss is looking over my shoulder every so often.


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User currently offlineSeptember11 From United States of America, joined May 2004, 3623 posts, RR: 21
Reply 3, posted (9 years 5 months 2 weeks 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 2225 times:

It was Abraham Lincoln's idea to introduce Social Security program, I think. I know a lot of deaf individuals who are on Social Security Income (SSI). Some of them are capable of working but prefer to stay at home and rely on SSI.

[Edited 2005-04-19 21:27:31]


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User currently offlineTedTAce From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (9 years 5 months 2 weeks 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 2201 times:

Quoting AA61Hvy (Thread starter):

Your an American!! Ask your parents to help you with your paper, not us, either that or start watching the news!!


User currently offlineAA61Hvy From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 13977 posts, RR: 57
Reply 5, posted (9 years 5 months 2 weeks 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 2199 times:

Ted- thanks for the help.


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User currently offlinePROSA From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 5644 posts, RR: 4
Reply 6, posted (9 years 5 months 2 weeks 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 2193 times:

Here is a good site regarding Social Security, its problems, and the ideas for reforming it, by the libertarian-leaning Cato Institute:
http://www.socialsecurity.org/



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User currently offlineAA61Hvy From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 13977 posts, RR: 57
Reply 7, posted (9 years 5 months 2 weeks 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 2190 times:

Thanks Prosa- seems like a good starting point for me!


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User currently offlinePROSA From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 5644 posts, RR: 4
Reply 8, posted (9 years 5 months 2 weeks 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 2186 times:

Quoting AA61Hvy (Reply 7):
Thanks Prosa- seems like a good starting point for me!

No problem, hope it helps. Just keep in mind that almost anything you read about SS reform will be biased in one way or another, as it's a highly politicized and controversial issue.



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User currently offlineAA61Hvy From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 13977 posts, RR: 57
Reply 9, posted (9 years 5 months 2 weeks 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 2183 times:

Thanks Prosa, I actually plan on talking about the bias in my report. Since thats one thing we talked about in the class.


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User currently offlineGarnetpalmetto From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 5398 posts, RR: 53
Reply 10, posted (9 years 5 months 2 weeks 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 2182 times:

Quoting September11 (Reply 3):
It was Abraham Lincoln's idea to introduce Social Security program, I think.

Lincoln? Social security was implemented under FDR.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Social_...curity_%28United_States%29#History - Try this for a decently non-biased history of Social Security, AA61

[Edited 2005-04-19 22:16:10]


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User currently offlineN1120A From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 26534 posts, RR: 75
Reply 11, posted (9 years 5 months 2 weeks 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 2171 times:

Quoting AA61Hvy (Thread starter):
1.What is Social Security? What was it intended to be and what has it become?

Social security was intended to be a reasonable public pension for workers who retired from the private sector without one as well as being a self-funded safety net to prevent those who became unemployeed or unable to work from ending up draining resources of others. Hence the different levels of payment into the system. It worked fine until governments started borrowing massive amounts from the system to cover deficits and benefits could not keep up with inflation. Part of this problem is the lack of a system of public health that matches the pension system, meaning retirees are drained of their cash by medical costs.

I hope that helped some



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User currently offlineAA61Hvy From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 13977 posts, RR: 57
Reply 12, posted (9 years 5 months 2 weeks 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 2169 times:

Thanks alot, the help already given is helping me alot! Thanks again.


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User currently offlineArniepie From Belgium, joined Aug 2005, 1265 posts, RR: 1
Reply 13, posted (9 years 5 months 2 weeks 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 2158 times:

Quoting September11 (Reply 3):
It was Abraham Lincoln's idea to introduce Social Security program, I think. I know a lot of deaf individuals who are on Social Security Income (SSI). Some of them are capable of working but prefer to stay at home and rely on SSI.

What are these masses of deaf people you know are supposed to do, become professional bowlers?



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User currently offlineFlyingTexan From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 14, posted (9 years 5 months 2 weeks 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 2116 times:

Disabled people have a choice of collecting social security, more commonly known in some circles as “getting a check.” You are only allowed to earn so much income while receiving SS benefits.

I choose not to collect SS and work. If I chose to receive benefits, there is a formula based on the number of quarters worked and what I paid in. Other sources of income do play into this equation of income, such as jackpots.

I have a co-worker in Vegas whose significant other receives disability benefits. SO won a muli-thousand dollar jackpot at a convenience store and immediately pawned it off on co-worker. Any machine win $1200 or over is a taxable. Had SO not been able to pawn it off on co-worker, the win would have cut into SO’s SS benefits. Luckily this happened at a convenience store, because casinos don’t take so kindly to this.

I’ll be able to expand on B later, I’m getting used to typing with one hand.

So, what level poli sci class is this paper for?

[Edited 2005-04-20 06:15:33]

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