We often hear and talk about welfare and public funds abuse through programs like food stamps and cash assistance etc, but a program which the gravity of abuse is not talked about is Social Security. Many will probably already know how the program is in effect designed as a Ponzi scheme, where one generation pays for the retirement of the previous and so forth the cycle and supposed to go on. This in itself in a overall view is unsustainable and many aspects should be fixed and/or completely changed, but I wanted to focus on one specific aspect, how it rewards people that decided not to have kids and in a way punishes those who did.
Couple A decide to have kids knowing full well the time, energy, and financial resources it will take.
Couple B decide to abstain from having kids whether it be to focus on a career (this especially in the case of women) or just to live a more casual and carefree life.
Both of these couples walk their respective diverging paths until they meet again at the time of retirement. While only one couple had kids, both of them will retire based on the earnings of those kids now working adults. While Couple A had to spent the majority of their money over the years on their kids, and in many cases especially when it comes to lower income families, barely scrape by, Couple B lived more comfortably and had the option of either spending that extra money on things like vacations etc or put that money away onto things including private retirement funds. Aside from the financial investment, Couple A of course had to work hard to make sure their kids got a proper education and raised them in terms of moral character to become good upstanding citizens who pay the taxes these programs are based on. Nonetheless both these couples as previously mentioned are entitled to a Social Security check. I'd be hard-pressed to find anybody who could argue this is fair. This has to be changed, both in terms of public reform for Social Security and other government programs, and of moving away from society's current anti-family mindset. Please let me know what you think.