The money in the Social Security trust fund is gone. The author offers some details about why this is the case and says that Social Security can still be a good program if the money were to be replaced.
The author says that the Social Security amendments passed under Reagan’s presidency laid the foundation for 30 years of embezzlement of the trust funds.
What do Santa Claus, the Social Security Trust Fund and the Tooth Fairy have in common? According to the author, they are all myths. He explains why the Social Security trust fund does not exist.
The author says that the government has embezzled all surplus Social Security revenue, generated by the 1983 payroll tax hike, and spent the money on wars and other government programs.
The author says that it appears that President Reagan put Social Security on a premature path to insolvency through a payroll tax hike in the early 1980s and offers an analysis of why he believes this happened.
The author says that the purpose of the 1983 payroll tax hike was to generate Social Security surpluses for the next 30 years, but instead of following that plan, the government spent the money out of the general fund, thus using up the revenues on other government programs.
The author says that the Social Security Trust fund is empty and has been for the past 30 years, but the public has been deliberately mislead to believe that the funds are still in place.
The author says that the debate over funding Social Security is focused on the wrong problem and that the real problem is that the government has spent all of the trust fund holdings, starving the program of all its surplus monies.
The author says that the Social Security trust fund does not contain any marketable bonds and that all surplus revenue has been spent.
The author says that claims about Social Security’s ability to pay benefits continue to be made but that they are not true. He offers a breakdown of the program’s financial status.