How Important Is Social Security To You?

United States
July 17, 2009 3:14pm CST
Are you depending on it to be there when you reach retirement age? Did you know that Social Security was only meant to be a temporary program, and should have been halted years ago? All opinions are welcome.
5 responses
• United States
17 Jul 09
with today issues and people struggle its gonna to be important to them so many people are loosing their jobs and homes so yes it is very important for thoose who are going threw a hard time whats gonna happen to all the elderly people in the world if they can get it the ones who worked for it but could not afford to save money in a retirement program or any thing?
• United States
18 Jul 09
I know what you mean, people are struggling right now, and the future doesn't look all that great either. It will be interesting to see what happens with Social Security. Time will tell. Thanks for stopping by, I appreciate it.
@savypat (20246)
• United States
17 Jul 09
I need mine, I paid all my working life and now my kids are also paying, so I don't feel badly about getting my small check, I couldn't live on what I get.
• United States
17 Jul 09
I won't mind having that extra income myself - If SS ever is done away with, there might be a lot of panhandlers on the streets; I hope that doesn't happen. But if so, I'll have my avatar on my shirt so that I can easily be picked out of the crowd, LOL. Thanks for dropping in! :O)
@lelin1123 (15644)
• Puerto Rico
17 Jul 09
I didn't know it was suppose to be a temporay program. So what happen? Besides SS I have two pensions and an IRA. Plus depending on when I sell my house if I wait 5 to 10 years I will have that too. I need very little to survive on so I'm not really to worried. I'm not one of thoses people who needs the newest gadget or the biggest TV nor do I eat alot. I'm a person who knows how to conserve and how to budget.
• United States
17 Jul 09
SS was supposed to help people for a short time after the depression that hit in the 30's, but for whatever reason it continues. I heard about that on 2 separate news items on the radio. I agree, I'm not worried either. It really doesn't take a lot for a person to live, if they manage good. Thank you for your reply.
• United States
17 Jul 09
Social Security is not very important to me, because by the time I am old enough to get it, it won't be there. The only reason I still pay into it (because there is some form you can fill out and not pay for it), is if I become disabled while I am paying in, at least I can get something out of it. Although, if I never become disabled...which I of course hope not to, I have already put thousands into it.
• United States
17 Jul 09
That's a good point about disability. I don't think SS will be there for me either. I'm 51 years old, and it's still too far away. God willing we'll all be okay, and survive just fine. Thank you for your comment, I appreciate it much.
@echomonster (2227)
• Greenwood, Mississippi
18 Jul 09
No, I'm not depending on Social Security -- it's rather hard to depend on something I've heard is in danger of running out of money my entire life! In fact, ideally, I hope to never draw benefits even if it's still around by the time I'm eligible to receive them, provided I have enough savings of my own. I don't begrudge supporting the elderly and the disabled one bit, but I think that the more people who can do without SS funds the more solvent the system will be.