The Problem Is They Are Killing the Solution

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Editor’s note:

The article below was written in 2001. It has been rejected by major news magazines and news papers throughout America. Although the figures are not up to date, the premise of the article has certainly been vindicated by the trend during the intervening years from then to now.

When this article was written it was believed Social Security would be operating in the red by 2016. In March 2010 Social Security began to operate in the red – six years ahead of government predictions.

The figures below show Social Security, following this joint plan organizing abortion and social security would render itself healthy in 2017. The plan will still work. But if we don’t start it until 2010 it will be 2027 before benefits will be realized. It will still take 17 years to refund itself.

This information has been placed in the hands of key Right-to-Life legislators who have not advanced this cause. Am I overly critical by asking:  As a nation, do we really want the problem of an insolvent Social Security system fixed?


The Problem Is They Are Killing the Solution

Rev. Thomas C. Lacy

Social Security (SS) and I are about the same age. On September 8, 1934 I was born. The Social Security Act (SSA) was signed into law August 14, 1935. And unless medical science does something for me, and the Government does something for SS, we have about the same life expectancy.

Social Security is built upon working people contributing to a fund to support those who are retired or disabled. The system depends on a steady stream of workers entering the job market.

Social Security is a critical political issue. The President and other government officials are trying to find help for the beleaguered system. Some were depending on the recent wave of a good economy to overcome SS’s ailments. Others thought (and some still think) contributors to the system should invest a portion of their money elsewhere to secure their futures. Privatization, some claim, is the solution.

The problem is they are killing the solution. None of those approaches will succeed in rescuing SS for the long term. To substantiate this point of view look at the figures. 

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According to Jeff L. Kunkel of the SSA, “About 154 million persons will work in SS covered employment or self-employment in 2000. The average income per worker in 1998 was about $27,748 and the average reported taxable amount was $23,651.

Multiplying the average taxable amount by the combined SS employee/employer tax rate of 12.4% gives $2,932.72 as the average tax.”

The U. S. Census Bureau, on 10/12/00, reported the population was 274,942,494. Statistically we see that 56% of the population is working and contributing to the SS plan.

A visit to revealed, “The following statistics state the numbers provided by the Alan Guttmacher Institute (AGI), a special research affiliate of Planned Parenthood Federation of America – the nation’s largest provider and promoter of abortions. AGI has estimated a possible 3-6% rate of underreporting. The following uses the lower figure. Much less than one percent of the abortions were because of rape, incest, or because the mother’s life was in danger.”

Since Roe V. Wade the total aborted reported by AGI from 1973 to 2000  is 38,266,820. Applying the rate of 56% of the population contributing to SS, 21,429,419 would have worked had they not been aborted.

For calculation simplification, current SSA figures will be used as average. The time span is from 1974 to 2000, corresponding with the abortion report; and 1992 to 2018, corresponding to the time those aborted would have started working. No figures were posted by AGI for 1973.

In this illustration the wage earner receives no raises in pay during the focus period. This will lower the amount of loss to SS, but the totals are still astounding. Those aborted in 1974 would have entered the job market in 1992, assuming they started working at age eighteen, and would have contributed 27 years during the focus period from 1992 to 2018. Those aborted in 1975 would have entered the job market in 1993 and would have contributed 26 years during the focus period. The calculations would continue in that sequence of digression.

These 21,429,419 workers would have paid into SS $847,606,223,640.00. Their combined incomes would have been $8,019,646,435,300.00. The net results are billions lost in SS and trillions lost in spend able wages.

Abortion, however, is not the only enemy of the SS system. Medications like RU486 and organizations like Zero Population Growth (ZPG) are steadily working to reduce or prevent population increases.

RU486 was approved for the American market by the Food and Drug Administration September 28, 2000. It will take years to determine RU486’s affect on the birth rate. NBC Today Show, September 29th, reported, “There did not appear to be an increase in the abortion rate in Europe during the 10 years RU486 has been marketed.” It is certain, however, it will probably not reduce abortions.

Zero population growth is a mind set and a national movement. And the name implies the goal. Using AOL’s Net Find, 368 ZPG-type organizations were listed with many advocating zero growth in population around the world with the U. S. of A. setting the example according to information found on the web site: Upon reading this, my first question was, “Where would these people be if their parents had gotten the idea first?”

Life to some is incidental; to some it was accidental. But many believe life has a Divine Origin. “So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them” (Genesis 2:27 KJV).

Life is real. Life itself is its own life line.  And the human life cycle is the life breath of the SS system. Zero population growth would eventually be the demise of the system – not to mention life itself. No matter how good the economy, without new people paying into the system, SS cannot survive.

Good economy doesn’t produce people, but people can produce a good economy.

By Rev. Thomas C. Lacy
Director and Counselor
New Hope Counseling Service


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