For the third time in my life, the Social Security System will go belly-up.
The first time was in 1977 — well, almost. To head off the bust, Jimmy Carter got Congress to pass a major FICA tax increase — sorry, “contribution” increase — in order to save Social Security. The rate would be hiked in phases from 2% to 6.15% (times two: employee and employer). He promised: “Now this legislation will guarantee that from 1980 to the year 2030, the Social Security funds will be sound.” …
Carter’s projection was off by a Georgia country mile. In 1983, the SSA program technically went bankrupt. Reagan signed a law that speeded up Carter’s rate increases, added Congressional employees to Social Security, and delayed the age of eligibility. …
Unless there is another Social Security tax increase in 2010, the system will go into red ink mode and stay there.
The public has not been informed of this, which comes as no surprise. There have been a few scattered stories on the Web, but nothing sustained. The media do not want to admit that the jointly operated Social Security program and Medicare program are going to bankrupt the Federal government if they are not cut back drastically.
via Social Security Will Go Bust in 2010 by Gary North.
Hot Air has received a report from the Congressional Office Budget that has been sent to legislators, but not yet released to the public, showing that Social Security will go broke not in ten years, or 20 years, or 50 years, but next year. The report, which you can view here, shows Social Security running a deficit next year and then permanent deficits getting larger and larger starting in 2016. – savethegop
These failed doom and gloom predictions are interesting in hindsight.