Does anyone know who this woman is, or why she is so special?
This woman, Kathleen Casey-Kirschling, filed for early retirement Monday, becoming the first baby boomer to start collecting Social Security. Born one second after midnight in January 1946, the retired teacher leads the way for as many as 80 million individuals who will qualify for the retirement payout. And thus begins the end of social security…
What? Do you think I’m being a little too over-dramatic? Well, David Walker agrees with me! He’s the comptroller general of the Government Accountability Office, Congress’ legislative arm, who warned the Social Security system will soon have more recipients coming than it can afford to pay out.
“We face a tsunami of spending due primarily to the retirement of the baby boom generation and rising health care costs,” Walker said. “So what’s happened is we’ve gone from 16 workers paying into Social Security for every person drawing benefits in 1950 to 3.3 to one today, and we’re going down to two to one by the time the boomers retire in big numbers and that’s about where it will stay over the long run.”
Democratic Representative Tim Penny is also worried.
“We’re going to have tens of thousands of baby boomers retiring every week over the next decade or so and that means that by time we get to 2017, just 10 years away, we will no longer be collecting enough payroll taxes to pay Social Security benefits.”
Under current law, Social Security won’t have enough money to pay promised benefits in 2041, but there is another crunch much, much sooner, the result of the the federal government relying on Social Security to pay for its annual spending.
When Social Security gets payroll taxes it pays out most of the money in benefits. The rest is supposed to go into a trust fund. Instead the government, in it’s infinite wisdom, has been spending the money on other government programs, and putting IOUs into the trust. When Social Security needs the money it’ll turn to the government waiting for the payback. But the government won’t likely have any. It’s estimated that over the next 75 years between Social Security, Medicaid and other entitlements, the federal government will be in a $50 trillion hole.
So by the time I hit retirement age… I’ll be pulling in a nice $3/month from the government, after paying thousands and thousands of dollars into it during my lifetime.
That’s why I’m a little worried…