Today, just a quick response to an Associated Press article by Stephen Ohlemacher about Social Security. Most Americans, I think, do not even know that their Social Security money has been, over the years "borrowed" by Congress. It is irresponsible journalism that perpetuates the myth that Social Security is "in trouble" for ANY other reason than that Congress took the money.
It is true that Congress 'borrowed" the money from the Social Security Trust fund, with a huge upward spike starting in the Reagan years. It is true that if all that money were paid back there would be no problems to fix, BUT what bothers me is that this AP article and 99% of all reporting on Social Security DO NOT inform the public that Congress created the problem. They are part of the game plan that leads toward unreasonable "fixes" and young peoples' disillusionment with the whole concept. Honest journalism should ALWAYS mention the fact of the IOUs. And how can they pay it back? By taxing the rich and cutting back on funding the billionaires through the Military Industrial Complex.