The first thing you can do is pass legislation making it illegal for Congress to take money from Social Security to use for other things, the way they’ve been doing for years.–Often seen on facebook.
The idea that money has been taken from Social Security for other purposes is false. That so many believe it is harmful in several ways:
- It advertises our ignorance, so our Representatives see how easily fooled we are.
- It suggest that Social Security benefits depend on money set aside for that purpose, rather than a government obligation.
- That so many believe it has already happened, may make it more likely to happen in the future with cuts to benefits.
In my opinion, SS benefits might reasonably be reduced if it can be shown that they are excessive; I don’t believe this is true. They should not be reduced to save money–government is obliged to fully fund lawful benefits. There is no excuse to renege.