I heard someone complaining that Social(ist in)Security shouldn't be lumped in with the "entitlements".
Because she felt entitled to get it since she had been forced to "pay into it" [sic] for all those years.
I tried to nicely explain that the money that was taken from her wasn't being returned to her. She was robbed to pay the ones who got the money "back then" (and to pay for the expensive bureaucracy...), and now new people are being robbed to pay the money to her.
If a mugger robs you in the alley today, but promises to rob someone else tomorrow so he can give you some money, there is still robbery going on.
I hate that people have been robbed and lied to. It doesn't justify continuing the theft.
I suspect- although I don't care enough to research it- that the money being stolen in the name of "Social Security" is a drop in the bucket compared to what is being paid out, "Taxation" all goes to the same place, as far as I'm concerned, and I don't think it is very honest to distinguish between the different bureaucracies who receive the stolen money or where they send it. The fact that it is being stolen is enough to make it wrong.
Since "taxation" doesn't even make a dent in the money the kleptocrats in "government" spend, "taxation" could be ended tomorrow without affecting the financing of The State. It is only kept up for its social engineering purposes (so you can be forced to incriminate yourself) and to keep people from prospering "too much".
Look at all the "money" the Federal Reserve counterfeits every day. Yes, you and I understand that this counterfeiting operation causes inflation, which is just another way for the kleptocrats of "government" to steal money. There is a way to avoid the pain, too.
However, as a compromise with the people who sincerely believe they are "entitled" to "their" Social Security [sic] payouts, I would say, let everyone who wants to stay in "the system" stay in (until The End), and let everyone who wants to, opt out. No more money taken from their paycheck in the name of that coercive Ponzi Scheme. And, that also means those who opt out can never collect a cent from the scheme, either. It's a good deal.
Let the Fed print up all the FRNs it would take to pay the recipients of SS. They'll be forced to anyway, if they intend to keep propping up the broken scheme. The numbers don't add up, because even the "honest" Ponzi Schemes (the non-governmental ones) collapse as soon as there are too many people looking for a payoff for the number of new suckers to support. It's only a matter of time. It is absolutely inevitable.
Then, you and I who opt out will explore the free market of money and not rely on the rapidly collapsing FRNs. Just like we probably are doing already if we have been paying attention.