Secure in Social Security (156 words)

Social Security will be there for me, more if I make enough money in my six years past sixty.

Curious, the money is based on thirty-five years “highest paid.” So be careful of years unemployed, years for schooling, for children, for illness and for saying goodbye to parents.

A welder gets less security than a surgeon, a retail manager less than a lawyer, and me, a private sector educator, far less than a financier.

Sort of makes sense I suppose. The more money you make, the more money you pay, and then the more money you receive – not a lot from what I can tell. But I can’t tell much without taking time off to study the system.

Still, it feels odd, the value of work reduced to comparisons with baseball stars, movie stars, political and financial ones too. Don’t you see, a star needs more security than me because I chose to make less money.

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2 Responses to Secure in Social Security (156 words)

  1. Take it from one who knows, Jeff–it’s better than nothin’! I survive, barely, on Survivor’s Benefits. I’m “allowed” to work part-time, but I can’t earn much–I can’t make more than $30,000 a year, total. I guess that doesn’t sound too bad, but I have a mortgage and a car payment (I have to get to work somehow), plus health insurance. Lucky for me (I’m serious), I have two sons living at home; without them I couldn’t make the mortgage. Next year, when I reach full retirement age, I’ll be able to collect Social Security AND earn as much as I want–whoopee! Maybe then I’ll be able to pay for some much-needed home repairs.

    I’m barely getting by, but it could be much, much worse. I’m thankful for what I do have.

  2. Jeff May says:

    Hi Mary, I agree; it is absolutely better than nothing. Your story sounds familiar… keep at it. Soon you will be on “easy street” 🙂 Comparatively of course. (Tell me how I can make 30,000 a year. I’d be happy with that right now.)

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