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Should Social Security be changed or remain the same?

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As a Social Security recipient, I am naturally suspicious of any scheme to change Social Security. Usually such schemes seem likely to be detrimental to the majority and favorable to the wealthy few. Any change would suggest that further changes might be made in the future, and this fact would further undermine the confidence that younger people have in the system. Young people should realize that Social Security was also intended to confer a benefit on those who were not yet of retirement age. It made it possible for older workers to retire and thus free up jobs for younger workers. Furthermore, Social Security has relieved children to a considerable extent from the burden of supporting aging parents financially and in many cases relieved them of sheltering parents and even grandparents in their own homes

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