This is in response to the letter from Sandi Dotherow in the Sept. 27 edition of MCN. Ms. Dotherow’s letter repeats several myths and falsehoods about Social Security that float around on the internet. Based on these myths, she then attacks several Democratic presidents for, among other things, “taking away our freedoms,” and suggests we “not vote blindly” in the upcoming election. I would like to set the record straight.
Social Security was never a voluntary program as Ms. Dotherow claims President Roosevelt “promised,” nor could it have been. While in its early days the law applied to the occupations of only about half of wage earners, everyone employed in those job categories was always legally obligated to pay into the system – participation was not voluntary. Today, with rare exceptions (mostly state and local government employees who come under an alternative system) nearly all occupations come under the law.