CARTOON VIDEO: What About Bob? Social Security Talk in 2035

In 2011, the state of Illinois public pension was on the brink of disaster, with unfunded liabilities upward of $100 billion. By adjusting the benefits and contributions of current workers, the disaster was averted for those then retired. Those workers of 2011 “did their part” and are still working today, many of them into their 80s and 90s. They knew that it was more important to keep the seniors of 2011 in comfortable retirement so that taxpayers would not be burdened with the false promises of past politicians.

Now the year is 2035 and we look backward for lessons as Social Security is on a similar brink. While there are differences, there are many similarities: politicians promised too much, past generations did not adequately fund those promises, and the number of current workers is not keeping up with the growth in retirees. Even today, the retirement age is only 67 and those seniors vote. Politicians are caught in a bind and so we turn to President Michelle Obama, this nation’s first female president and husband former president Barack Obama, both natives of Illinois. Knowing the “Illinois Lesson” well, President Obama calls on an ordinary American to discuss what he can do. We will call our Everyman “Bob.”

For the cartoon video, click here:

“What About Bob?” (link to Youtube)

Read more:

Edgar K. Browning, “Anatomy of Social Security and Medicare”

“Is Social Security a Good Deal?” (video)

Randy T. Simmons, Beyond Politics: The Roots of Government Failure

Jonathan Bean is a Research Fellow at the Independent Institute, Professor of History at Southern Illinois University, and editor of the Independent book, Race & Liberty in America: The Essential Reader.
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