(Thank you Peggy, so true, too true...) Entitlement my ass Social Security funds â€“ it is maddeningâ€¦ Workers believe theyâ€™re footing retirements, older people believe theyâ€™re robbed, politicians use it to get votes and the government doesnâ€™t want it to become privately operatedâ€¦. Remember, not only did you contribute to Social Security but your employer did too. It totaled 15% of your income before taxes. �If you averaged only $30K over your working life, that's close to $220,500. If you calculate the future value of 4,500 per year (yours & your employer's contribution) at a simple 5% (less an what the govt. pays on the money that it borrows), after 49 years of working you would have $892,919.98. If you took out only 3% per year, you'd receive $26,787.60 per year and it would last better than 30 years (until you're 95 if you retire at age 65) and that's with no interest paid on that final amount on deposit! If you bought an annuity and it paid 4% per year, you'd have a lifetime income of $2,976.40 per month. The folks in Washington have pulled off a bigger Ponzi scheme than Bernie Madhoff ever dreamed of. Entitlement my ass, I paid cash for my social security insurance!!!! Just because they borrowed the money, doesn't make my benefits some kind of charity or handout!! Congressional benefits, aka, free healthcare, outrageous retirement packages, 67 paid holidays, three weeks paid vacation, unlimited paid sick days, now THAT'S welfare, and they have the nerve to call my social security retirement entitlements? We're "broke" and can't help our own Seniors, Veterans, Orphans, Homeless, etc.! In the last months we have provided aid to Haiti , Chile , and Turkeyâ€¦ And now Pakistanâ€¦ home of bin Laden. Literally, BILLIONS of DOLLARS!!! Our retired seniors living on a 'fixed income' receive no aid nor do they get any breaks while our government and religious organizations pour Hundreds of Billions of $$$$$$'s and Tons of Food to Foreign Countries! They have the unmitigated GALL to call Social Security and Medicare an entitlement though most of us have been paying for it all our working lives and now when its time for us to collect, the government is running out of money.