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  • Sorry to crash your Bush-bash party (no, I didn't vote for him either), but the SS raiding began a long time ago. It's been a favorite of Republicans and Democrats in both Congress and the White House since the 60s.

    It started with LBJ's 'unified budget' which financed Vietnam and Great Society . Since then, no president or congress of either party has resisted the urge to dip into the great trust fund. Defense spending, Pork Barrel, social spending, and today's wasteful excuse for a budget are continuations.

    FICA is just another tax in the shell game and the sheeple think there is some account somewhere with their name on it that they get when they qualify. The social security administration reinforces this perception yearly when they send out an 'account statement' showing how much we've put in over the years. They're just waving the scam in our face and laughing at us ha ha ha while they massage the CPI and devalue the currency. Oh wait, that's one reason to be in gold :)

    The partisans who like to peg it on republicans like to forget about LBJ. Even Clinton's "balanced budget" of 2000 was largely mythical, built on an overvalued bubble economy a la dot.coms, Worldcom, Tyco, and Enron.

    The partisans who like to peg it on democrats forget about the Bushes.

    The problem is not Republicans or Democrats. It's the wasters that the people have put in power. As long as we keep electing these money-grubbers, we're going to keep getting what we've got. Until then, politicians will run on a fixing social security platform during elections and then do nothing but spend spend spend after the election is over.

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