Last week, we wrote here about the fact that the annual Social Security Trustees report showed that the retirement fund had a short fall of $6 trillion dollars, and an overall deficit of $32 trillion. In essence, this means that Social Security is insolvent and will not be able to pay out benefits to anyone within a few year's time.
So with the fact that Congress had kicked the Social Security can down the road for two decades without doing a thing to fix known deficiencies with the program, and has waited until now when the fund has finally bankrupted itself, what can America's legislative body since we have reached the point where The Stuff has Hit the Fan?
How about create a completely NEW retirement fund from scratch, and make employers pay additional taxes on top of FICA to pay for it.
It was only a few weeks ago that I told you about the government’s annual report on Social Security.
It was a veritable death sentence for the program.
The Board of Trustees for Social Security (which includes the US Treasury Secretary) wrote that major parts of the program have already run out of money, and the rest of Social Security will run out of money in the next decade.
Well, the government has figured out a solution. And it’s genius.
Two weeks ago a new bill was introduced on the floor of Congress that, just like all the other really dangerous legislation, i.e. USA PATRIOT Act, this bill has a catchy acronym.
It’s called the SAVE UP Accounts Act, which stands for. . .
. . . “Secure, Accessible, Valuable, Efficient Universal Pension Accounts Act”.
In short, SAVE UP mandates certain employers and businesses in the United States, including many small businesses, to start contributing a fixed amount of money per employee into a brand new national retirement fund.
Based on the contribution requirements and the average wage in the United States (about $50,000 annually), the bill is slapping a 2% wage tax on employers.
Funny thing, employers are already paying 6.2% to Social Security.
So an additional 2% tax effectively constitutes a 32% proportional increase. - Sovereign Man
And even more, with the nation's largest pension fund (Calpers) admitting to be vastly underfunded, and the largest civilian pension fund (Central States) cutting benefits for all their retirees, isn't it past time that we all took responsibility for our own retirements, and make sure it isn't in paper assets that will be bailed in when the government itself becomes completely insolvent?