In 1972 when I was a freshman in high school, two things were required to work during the summer full time (40+ hours a week): a parental permission slip and a Social Security card.
The work permission slip was needed to work as a mechanic's helper. The Social Security card was needed to pay taxes and pay into a "retirement" account. At age 15, my counselor explained this will be a lifelong process. Thus began the deduction from each paycheck with a portion to Social Security. I have, as many others of my age group, continued to pay into this system.
How is it if you put a portion of each pay check in the bank it is called a savings accounts, yet when a portion is deducted for Social Security it is called an entitlement? It is only an entitlement if you have not paid in.
MICHAEL NETHERCUTT, Kennewick