America’s Social Security Crisis

Social Security has been around for a while(since 1935), but it’s going to have to change in order to survive through its 100-year anniversary. Before we discuss these possible changes and their pros & cons, here is a brief description of what Social Security is and why its imminent doom matters to working Americans.

Social Security is basically a program that takes a 6.2% chunk out of every worker’s paycheck and puts it into two giant trust funds. Once these employees are old and retired, they get all of their contribution(and more) back in the form of a monthly check. The system works because there is a constant cycle of current workers paying for the previous generation; although participation is mandatory, every worker benefits. Furthermore, the legal retirement age is constantly being raised, and penalties for taking money out of the fund increase for younger people. While early retire-ers can get payments as early as 62, they’ll be heavily reduced, meaning some recipients won’t get their full money’s worth. So, what’s the problem?

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Trump’s Wreck of a Platform(Part 4: Immigration)

As addressed in an earlier piece, immigration is an integral part of Trump’s platform. It doesn’t just end at his wall however — he plans to deport all 11 million undocumented immigrants out of America. Besides the emotionally-upsetting consequences that come along with mass deportation, such as communities ruined, families split apart, there are other alarming repercussions that are sure to come.

The first of these starts with the fact that kicking so many people out of the country isn’t as easy as it sounds(does it sound easy to begin?). In order to be deported, an illegal immigrant has to be recognized as one, detained, legally processed, then sent back to their home country. In other words, it takes a lot of work. And of course, there will be a price tag to match. Even if Trump takes a step out of this process by bypassing the courts(which may be illegal), it’ll still be a long and arduous process, one that can’t be completed in just two years.

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