What Is The Moral Case For Paying Social Security Benefits?
It being widely accepted that Social Security is a Ponzi scheme (or worse), and that payments to current beneficiaries are effectively being made out of current taxation or borrowing, what is the moral case for continuing to make payments?
Social Security is a sacred trust!
Nope. It's just a law.
I've been paying in for years - it's my right to collect!
Nope. You paid tax, and it was spent. There is no real in to pay in to. There is nothing to collect.
But the Government made promises!
Government promises. Worth the chads they are written on. See also, the Constitution.
The politicians made promises!
The lying politicians (yes, a tautology) you voted for.
I relied on Social Security being available! I didn't know it could disappear!
For well over a generation the nature of Social Security has been widely known. Choosing to believe convenient lies doesn't create an obligation on people who didn't lie to you.
I can't buy food or shelter without Social Security!
Well, if you've sold all your assets, you have no family and no-one else is willing to help you, perhaps something might be done. But that's something different from Social Security as it currently exists.
I have to sell my assets? But I want to leave something to my kids!
Why should my kids have to pay for yours?
And so on.
So, is there a moral case for taking money from some people and giving it to other people that happen to be past a certain age? (Moral as distinct from political or tactical.)