Social Security: Gateway Drug to Tyranny

by Matt Patterson on January 17, 2012 · 14 comments

in Nanny State, Personal Liberty

Social Security remains the most popular, and therefore politically  untouchable, program ever instituted by the United States government. Just last year, 79 percent of respondents to a CNN/ORC poll rated Social Security “good for the country.” In the same survey, an astonishing 73 percent agreed that “Social Security is something that the U.S. Constitution allows the federal government to do.”

Clearly, support for the program cuts across the political spectrum. Even many of the Tea Partiers who have marched with fervor against Obamacare are doubtless collecting Social Security, and would doubtless be loath to give it up.

This is sad, because as I have been arguing ad nauseum for several years now, Social Security is every bit as offensive to liberty and fiscal sanity as Obamacare: In fact, you could not have had the latter without the former. Social Security has been conditioning Americans since F.D.R that it is the proper role for government to 1) extract resources from some citizens, and to 2) provide income subsidy for others. To care for some at the expense of many.

Once our body politic accepted this fundamental role of government, Medicare, food stamps, welfare, Obamacare (or something very like it), and all the rest of the entitlement state were all but inevitable. Obamacare will put us over the edge, to be sure, but make no mistake: It was Social Security that first put us on the road to fiscal disaster and moral lethargy.

Think about it: Social Security, via its requirement that every citizen have  a government-issued identification number, opened the door to a mind-boggling amount of federal control over our lives. In a very interesting piece at The American Spectator, Eric Peters puts it in stark terms, calling a Social Security number, “….the government-issued ear tag every calf (oops,citizen) is issued at birth.”   Peters continues:

The SS number… is the number the government uses to make sure you pay your taxes, to keep track of where you work (and how much you earn), where you bank (and how much you have in the bank), where you live, whom you marry, whether you have children (each of them to be issued their own ear tag in turn) and so on…

F.D.R. and his New Deal coalition were smart fellows; they knew exactly what they were doing. Taking advantage of the country’s terrible, Depression-induced economic insecurity, the federal government began drugging the nation with a little tyranny in exchange for the illusion of security. Americans happily made the trade in the 20th century, and now wail and cry when this corrupt bargain extinguishes liberty in the 21st.

If we were a serious people, we would not be wondering if the Supreme Court will save us from Obamacare. We would be pulling out the entitlement state by its pernicious roots, starting with  Social Security, in order to save our nation from insolvency and decay.

But seniors can rest easy — we are not a serious people, and getting less serious by the hour.

LS January 18, 2012 at 12:13 am

Way to go Matt!!

I’ve spent the last thirty-some years working and contributing pretty much the maximum allowed by law. I’ll probably work another twenty.

Why not time your “pull the plug party” for then, so my chunk of a million, only a fraction of which I could reclaim, would just evaporate and feed your little smug smile.

Go back to #Occupy Rectum

TL January 18, 2012 at 9:28 am

Too bad you didn’t vote to fund those benefits that you voted for yourself while you were working and paying taxes. No worries. I’ll just work the next 30 years of my life to pay for your retirement. Greedy, selfish, pig.

Bronx Native January 18, 2012 at 9:40 am

Stupid comment. What are you trying to say, that because you have paid the maximum into Social Security it is a good deal? The truth hurts, that is why most truthsayers are rejected.

Rick Perry was right when he said that Social Security is a federally imposed Ponzi scheme. Those who support Mitt and his leftist attack against Perry, let alone the Dems who are strangling the American economy with a suffocating entitlement state struggle to prevent the truth from reaching the ears of the American people.

LS, take your head out of your rectum and stop being a drone.

Lanie January 18, 2012 at 12:46 pm

The return on your investment is pretty poor. If you had saved the money you were forced to pay to provide the benefits to current beneficiaries you would be way ahead. But the government has so successfully brainwashed people into believing they got a good deal it’s no wonder you are happy to be much poorer because you believe all their lies and propaganda.

Richard Kvies January 18, 2012 at 6:35 am

Perhaps Frederick Hayek was onto something-”Road to Serfdom.”

Tiffany Bell January 18, 2012 at 8:16 am

Very good points. Social Security card numbers are the apparatus of the USA’s police state and its continuing growth. It would also help to end the Pledge of Allegiance and government schools. Most people do not know that the Pledge of Allegiance was the origin of Nazi salutes (and Nazi behavior) in the USA. See the work of the symbologist Dr. Rex Curry. It was the origin of similar robotic chanting imposed by other authoritarian governments. It is the worship of government/socialism. The pledge caused bullying, violence, castrations, even lynchings. It continues to cause bullying. Most Americans today were educated in socialist schools (government schools) so they are ignorant of the fact that it was happening in the USA (to the stars and stripes) and in Germany (to the swastika flag) at the same time. It continues to happen here, only the gesture changed. Support the “Stop the Pledge” foundation and campaign.

Billy January 18, 2012 at 8:25 am

Relax LS. Unless the country collapses under its debt, people who have put money into SS will get it back. How about if we stop taking social security taxes out of your paycheck and let you do your own retirement saving for the next 20 years?

Lanie January 18, 2012 at 12:47 pm

That’s what Bernie Madoff said as well.

qrstuv January 18, 2012 at 1:35 pm

The so-called fund would run out even faster. Money that goes in now is spent NOW on seniors.

It is not invested in any way.

Lanie January 18, 2012 at 12:43 pm

After the success of the tyranny’s of FDR, the children have been indoctrinated from birth that the government is their only saviour and is the be-all and end-all of everything. When the money runs out because the majority are dependent on the government for their survival, who will be the first ones eliminated?

Red State January 18, 2012 at 5:20 pm

Don’t y’all do math? When you apply the contribution per year. The interest of each year, you would use up your contribution at about agr 93. Not many people last that long, so there is a surplus. SS was in fine shape until Pres Johnson. Johnson used the SS surplus to fund welfare. That ain’t no Ponzi scheme, that is theft.

les_gvt January 18, 2012 at 8:20 pm

You mean someone in th “know” finally figured out what I have known for 15 years?

What do you think the ultimate reasoning behind social security was? control/tyranny over the public

Carly EngageAmerica January 20, 2012 at 10:06 am

The annual share of the U.S. budget spent on programs benefiting seniors has increased rapidly in the past few decades. More importantly is that these same programs under current law are expected to continue to increase rapidly in decades to come. Data on Social Security and Medicare spending from the Congressional Budget Office is used to show the historical trends and projected share of the budget between 1970 and 2084. In 1970, spending on Social Security and Medicare was one-fifth of the budget. This portion has since grown to nearly 37%of the budget in 2010; this amounts to 8.4% of the country’s gross domestic product.

According to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services in 2004, a substantial portion of Medicaid spending went to those older than age 65. Thus, this amount must be added to the costs of Social Security and Medicare in order to establish a more accurate figure for the total budgetary burden of entitlement programs for the wealthy.

In 2004, 28% of Medicaid spending went to those older than 65. If this figure held constant through 2010, then the original estimate of 37% for the elderly population’s share of the federal budget rises to roughly 40%. This moves forward the timetable for the growth of these programs in the projected future, with these three areas of spending constituting more than half of the federal budget sometime in the next decade.

The growing number of beneficiaries due to the aging of the baby-boom generation will cause scheduled spending to surge. If current Social Security and Medicare policies continue without change, large deficits will undoubtedly emerge in the next decade and will grow even larger in subsequent decades. Undoubtedly, these trends are unsustainable, and current law cannot be allowed to stand if these entitlement programs are to remain solvent without bankrupting the federal government (

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