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Social Security / Ponzi Comparison – is it fair?

Social Security / Ponzi Comparison – is it fair?

Time after time, folks compare the Social Security system to a giant, government-sponsored Ponzi scheme. The argument is that current beneficiaries are paid by funds from new monies being added into the system. This is a broad description of how the typical Ponzi scheme works… but is this a fair comparison to Social Security? The other day I came across an article written by a fellow financial blogger, xrayvsn, who is a practicing radiologist. His blog can be found at, and he writes a lot of great stuff about the FIRE movement (Financial Independence / Retire Early), among other …

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